Christchurch terror trial pushed back

The trial of Brenton Tarrant over the Christchurch mosque shootings will now start on June 2.
The trial of Brenton Tarrant over the Christchurch mosque shootings will now start on June 2.

The trial of alleged Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant has been pushed back by a month.

The High Court will now hear the 92 charges against the Australian-born Tarrant, including 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one count of terrorism, beginning on June 2.

The matter was set down for trial from May 4, however the Crown requested a delay as the trial date "clashes with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ... (and) a number of the witnesses to be called at trial are of the Islamic faith".

The request met with no objection from Tarrant's defence.

The attack on two mosques in Christchurch was New Zealand's worst modern-day mass shooting.

Australian Associated Press