Duty lawyer confirms he is no longer representing Christchurch terror attack accused Brenton Tarrant

2:32 pm on 18 March 2019

The duty lawyer who represented murder accused Brenton Tarrant at his first court appearance on Saturday has confirmed that he is no longer representing him.

The accused in court

The accused in court Photo: NZME

The 28-year-old appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning amid a heavy police presence.

The accused was represented on the day by duty lawyer Richard Peters.

Mr Peters told RNZ Tarrant indicated on the day that he wished to represent himself.

He said the accused did not complete a legal aid application but advised the accused that the court may appoint an amicus curiae (a lawyer that assists the court).

Mr Peters said his involvement was limited to appearing as a duty lawyer.

He said unless the accused changed his mind and applied for legal aid, then Tarrant had no lawyer.

The accused is due to reappear on 5 April at the High Court in Christchurch.

Police said more charges were expected.

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