Teenager, 18, accused of sharing a live-stream of the Christchurch massacre and writing ‘target acquired’ next to a photo of a mosque faces 14 years behind bars as he’s denied bail
- NZ man, 18, accused of sharing livestream of Christchurch massacre denied bail
- Face charges for sharing livestream and a posting photo of a mosque attacked
- Police say the man was not involved in the attack in Christchurch which killed 50
- Teen will reappear in court in April and faces up to 14 years behind bars
An 18-year-old New Zealand man accused of sharing a livestream of a mass shooting across two mosques that left 50 dead has been denied bail.
Police have said the man – who cannot yet be named – was not involved in the attack in Christchurch allegedly carried out by Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, on Friday.
Appearing in the Christchurch District Court on Monday, the accused was granted interim name suppression but was declined bail by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll.
An 18-year-old New Zealand man (pictured) was refused bail in Christchurch District Court on Monday
Police allege the teenager shared a livestream of a mass shooting across two mosques. Pictured: Armed officers patrol a cemetery near Muslim graves in Christchurch
The details behind the bail decision cannot be published.
He will reappear in court in April.
The teen faces two charges: one of sharing the livestream and a second for posting a photograph of one of the mosques attacked with the message ‘target acquired’ along with other chat messages ‘inciting extreme violence’.
If found guilty, he could face up to 14 years’ jail.
Facebook earlier said it had taken down 1.5 million copies of footage of the shooting that had been livestreamed by Tarrant in the 24 hours after.
Authorities and telecommunications companies were last week also left scrambling trying to have the videos taken down and urged the public not to share them.
Police also allege the 18-year-old (not pictured) posted a photograph of one of the mosques attacked with the message ‘target acquired’. A youth mourning the attack is pictured above
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