New Zealand : Police officers search evidences near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 18, 2019. A steady stream of mourners paid tribute at makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies. AP/PTI(AP3_18_2019_000019B)
New Zealand : Police officers search evidences near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 18, 2019. A steady stream of mourners paid tribute at makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies. AP/PTI(AP3_18_2019_000019B)

Christchurch: The Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques appears “rational” and aware of the situation, his ex-lawyer told AFP on Monday.

Duty lawyer Richard Peters represented the 28-year-old during a preliminary court hearing, but was dropped after Brenton Tarrant indicated he wanted to represent himself.

“The way he presented was as a rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. That’s how he appeared. He seemed to understand what was going on,” Peters said.

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