Alleged gunman transferred to Auckland maximum security prison

The Australian man accused of killing 50 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch has been transferred from the city.

The alleged shooter, 28, is now believed to be being held at Paremoremo, the maximum security section of Auckland Prison, AAP reports.

"We worked closely with other agencies to securely transfer this prisoner into Corrections custody following his appearance in court in Christchurch," a Corrections spokeswoman confirmed today.

The alleged gunman had been held at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Christchurch, a compound encompassing the police station and courts.

The New Zealand Herald reported that he had been flown to Auckland by the NZ Defence Force.

Conditions are strict for the man accused of gunning down 50 people at Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid during Friday prayers a week ago.

He is charged with one count of murder, though more charges are expected to be laid when he returns to court.

"The individual is segregated from other prisoners and able to be observed 24 hours a day, either directly by staff and/or via CCTV camera," the spokeswoman said.

"At this time he has no access to television, radio or newspapers and no approved visitors."

It's not clear where his next court appearance, scheduled for April 5, will be held.

Brenton Tarrant has appeared in the Christchurch District Court. The judge cleared the public from the courtroom and ordered media not to show the accused’s face.
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