“Suppression clamps have gone on the court appearance of a teenager charged over the alleged Facebook re-posting of the live stream of Friday’s mosque shootings and messages ‘inciting extreme violence’.
The 18-year-old student was refused bail and remanded in custody to April 8, when he will appear in court by video-link from the prison.
Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll allowed interim name suppression until that appearance but put strict limits on what the media contingent was allowed to report.
Judge O’Driscoll refused bail after hearing arguments from defence counsel Andrew McKenzie and police prosecutor Aja Trinder.
Most details of bail hearings are suppressed under the Bail Act, though the outcome is allowed to be reported. Judge O’Driscoll made orders that banned publication of details from the police summary of facts and the document and submissions in which the police opposed the man’s release on bail.
He allowed the media to report the outcome of the hearing and the remand details, and also the details of the charges.
One charge is dated March 15, the day of the shooting. It alleges an offence under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classifications Act by distributing an objectionable publication – a live stream of the murder of multiple victims at the Deans Avenue Mosque.”