It was announced today, Monday, that the man responsible for two fatal attacks on two New Zealand mosques in 2019 will represent himself at the sentencing session scheduled for August.
The Australian man pleaded guilty last March to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murder and charge of terrorist attack.
Judge Cameron Mander wrote a statement Monday that states that the man’s lawyer, Shani Tate and Jonathan Hudson, were given permission to withdraw from the case.
Mander said that the accused “expressed his desire to exercise his right to represent himself.”
Mander was granted permission to withdraw from the case after he was convinced that the accused had understood his rights to legal representation.
Mander added that the sentencing session will be held as scheduled on August 24.
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