19 Mar 2021

Man charged over Christchurch mosque threat pleads not guilty

2:42 pm on 19 March 2021

The man accused of a bomb threat to two Christchurch mosques this month faces new charges of distributing the 15 March gunman's manifesto.

Christchurch Court building

Christchurch law court building Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The 27-year-old, who has name suppression, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and elected trial by jury.

He is accused of posting a threat on the online forum 4chan which threatened to use car bombs on the second anniversary of the 15 March terror attack.

At his appearance at the Christchurch District Court this morning, the man faced seven new charges, of distributing the manifesto of the Christchurch terrorist.

The man is already facing one charge of threatening to kill.

He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance on 22 April.

Police said the charges against the 27-year-old reflected how seriously the offending was taken.

Canterbury Police District Commander John Price said sharing the material fell under the Films, Videos and Publications Classifications Act.

"Police take this type of offending extremely seriously and the additional charges filed today reflect that," he said.

"This type of behaviour has no place in the fabric of our society and we ask that as a community we all speak up and call this behaviour out, because everyone has a right to be safe and feel safe."