No Lawyers for Australian Brenton Tarrant at NZ Sentencing

Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in the Christchurch mosque shootings, appears in the Christchurch District Court, in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16, 2019. (Mark Mitchell/AP Photos)

Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in the Christchurch mosque shootings, appears in the Christchurch District Court, in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16, 2019. (Mark Mitchell/AP Photos)

Australian Brenton Tarrant, who has pleaded guilty over the 2019 Christchurch mosque killings, has chosen to represent himself at his sentencing next month.

The 29-year-old is expected to be sentenced to life in jail for 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism when he appears at a court sitting beginning on August 24.

Tarrant appeared by video link in Christchurch High Court on the morning of July 13 where he waived his rights to a lawyer to represent himself for sentencing, Radio New Zealand reported.

Justice Cameron Mander appointed a lawyer for standby counsel should Tarrant decide to be legally represented on the day.

His previous lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson withdrew their application to represent him.

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