As Brenton Tarrant made his first court hearing, Australian news sites were reporting that a second man – Daniel John Burrough – has been accused of inciting racial hatred.
However, few details were available on the charges or on Burrough’s background or why police have accused him of the offense. It was not clear whether the charges bore any connection to the mosque shootings or to Brenton Tarrant, just that they came on the same day as his court appearance.
“A second man Daniel John Burrough, 18, of Christchurch has been charged with intent to excite hostility or ill will against any group of persons in New Zealand on the ground of the colour, race or ethnic or national origins, published written matter which is insulting,” reported the news station FBC.com, in a story that focused on the Tarrant court hearing.
News.com.au, in a story about Tarrant appearing in court, also reported the same information.
Meanwhile, Tarrant appeared in court. Authorities said previously that three people, including Tarrant, were in custody. However, they have said almost nothing about those other two people – just that they are under investigation – and there’s been no evidence presented that Daniel John Burrough is one of them.
New Zealand police didn’t mention Daniel Burrough in a series of tweets on March 15, 2019, in which they focused on Tarrant. Referring to Tarrant, New Zealand police wrote: “The 28-year-old man charged with murder in relation to this attack has appeared in Christchurch District Court this morning.”
They also indicated, again referring to Tarrant, a white nationalist, “While the man is currently facing only one charge, further charges will be laid. Details of those charges will be communicated at the earliest possible opportunity.”
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Brenton Tarrant Flashed a White Power Symbol in Court
— The Stars Post (@TheStarsPost2) March 15, 2019
All eyes were on Brenton Tarrant in court on March 15, 2019, the day after the horrific mass shooting that horrified the world. According to the Guardian, Tarrant, 28, “was dressed in white prison clothing and looked confused at times. He made a white power gesture with his hand from the dock.”
FBC News reported that Tarrant smiled …read more