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Second man charged with sharing live stream of Christchurch massacre

20 March 2019, MVT 12:49
This image grab from a self-shot video that was streamed on Facebook Live on March 15, 2019 by the man who was involved in two mosque shootings in Christchurch shows the man reaching for guns from the boot of his car before he enters the Masjid al Noor mosque. - A "right-wing extremist" armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers on March 15, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more. (Photo by Handout / HANDOUT / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES
20 March 2019, MVT 12:49

A 44-year-old man has become the second person charged with sharing a gruesome livestream video of the deadly attack at a Christchurch mosque.

Philip Arps, 44, was arrested by New Zealand Police on Tuesday, four days after 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant went on a rampage at two mosques in the southern city, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more.

Arps was charged with two counts of distributing objectionable material under the Films Act, and was remanded in custody after appearing in Christchurch District Court.

He is due back in court on April 15.

A teenager appeared in court earlier this week on the same charge.

The livestream video was shot by alleged gunman Tarrant, who is currently facing one charge of murder for the killings at Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

The funerals of the first victims started on Wednesday, with more expected to take place later Wednesday and on Thursday as officials release the victims' bodies to their families.

Christchurch, New Zealand | AFP

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