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Armed home invasion in Moose Jaw leads to attempted murder charge: police

A man who allegedly broke into a Moose Jaw home and then shot a person Friday has been arrested by Moose Jaw Police.

Police say at around 3 a.m., several people armed with weapons and a firearm, broke into a residence on Ninth Avenue Northeast. Police allege an assault took place, and the victim was shot in the lower body.

The man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The alleged shooter was arrested later in the day without incident. He makes his first court appearance Monday where he faces charges of attempted murder, break and enter, assault with a weapon and several firearm-related offences.

No names have been released at this time. Police continue to investigate.

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Church wages war against pigeons by electrifying porch and zapping pests

A church is waging war on pigeons by ­electrifying its porch and zapping the pests.

Parishioners regularly slip on droppings and are pooed on from above as they enter and leave the building.

But disgruntled churchgoers have now taken drastic action to stop the feathered fiends, which have been deemed a “safety risk”.

A Church of England court has given permission to fit an “electronic bird deterrent” at the Grade I-listed St Mary the Virgin in Bristol.

The device will deter the pigeons from gathering by giving them a mild shock.

It will have wires laid into a rubberised strip which will zap any birds which land on it.

Church leaders came upon the idea after multiple forms of pest control failed, including spikes, gel and shooting.

They said the unit would “discourage pigeons from nesting in the north porch of the church” and stop them from “fouling the stonework”, which dates back to the 12th Century.

Justin Gau, Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol, warned it would give the birds a “small but disconcerting electric shock”.

He said the problem “is not uncommon”, adding: “Pigeons have discovered this lovely church is an ideal place to escape inclement weather and to provide a safe space to nest.”

Although the gadget would cause “mild discomfort”, Mr Gau added it would stop the church
being further damaged.

He added: “In my judgment the suffering is
proportionate to preserve the building and to avoid distress to staff, visitors to the church and members of the congregation.”

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Accused New Zealand mosque shooter shocks with switch to guilty plea

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – An Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move on Thursday.

Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act in a hastily called Christchurch High Court hearing.

“He has been convicted of each and every one of those charges,” presiding judge Justice Cameron Mander said in minutes of the hearing released by the court.

“The entry of guilty pleas represents a very significant step towards bringing finality to this criminal proceeding.”

Tarrant has been in police custody since March 15, 2019, when he was arrested and accused of using semi-automatic weapons to target Muslims attending Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch. The attack was streamed live on Facebook.

Tarrant’s guilty plea makes a six-week trial that was due to begin in June redundant. The court will instead move directly to sentencing Tarrant on all 92 charges. It did not provide a date for that sentencing and Tarrant was remanded in custody until May 1.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has stuck by a pledge to not name the gunman in public, said she let out “a massive sigh of relief” when she heard of the guilty pleas.

“The whole nation, but particularly the Muslim community, has been spared a trial that could have acted as a platform,” Ardern said.

Aarif Rasheed, a lawyer working with some victim families, said they were not given any indication of why Tarrant changed his pleas from not guilty.

“Any possible explanations are speculative but we do know terrorists are often seeking a sense of self-importance and attention to their cause,” Rasheed said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has removed that.”

Tarrant, who faces a lifetime prison sentence, had posted a “manifesto” on social media ahead of the attack that called immigrants “invaders” and referred to “white genocide”, a term used by white supremacists to describe the growth of minority populations.

Tarrant’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.

FAMILIES RELIEVED

Due to a nationwide lockdown in place for the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday’s court hearing took place with just 17 people in the courtroom, including an Imam for each of the two mosques attacked.

Sheikh Hasan Rubel, 35, who survived from the attack despite being shot three times, said the guilty pleas brought both surprise and relief.

“Whenever I thought about the court proceedings it used to affect me mentally, and I did not want to re-live all of it,” he told Reuters over the phone.

“Now I feel quite relieved. We had faith in New Zealand’s legal system and I was sure he will get whatever he deserves.”

Farid Ahmed, whose wife was killed at the Al Noor mosque, said the guilty plea was the courageous and right thing to do.

“His heart has realized what is right and he has admitted his guilt,” Farid said.

“That would save him from more emotional and mental trauma, and the rest of country’s time and efforts,” he added. “For Muslim community, it wold save them from going through the court process and refreshing memories of this tragedy.”

The court placed a one-hour embargo on reporting the news in order to inform family members and victims about what had taken place before it was made public.

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Accused Christchurch shooter changes plea to guilty: media reports

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Australian man accused of the attacks on two New Zealand mosques last year entered a surprise guilty plea in a Christchurch court on Thursday to 51 charges of murder, local media reported.

Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link in a special High Court hearing, also admitted to 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge, broadcaster TVNZ reported.

Tarrant, 29, a suspected white supremacist, had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges and had been due to face a trial scheduled to start in June.

The court will now sentence him on all 92 charges, but did not provide a date for that sentencing. Tarrant was remanded in custody until another court appearance on May 1, TVNZ reported.

Due to a nationwide lockdown in place for the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday’s court hearing took place with minimal staff, lawyers and media present.

Calls and emails to the court by Reuters were not immediately returned.

The court placed a one-hour embargo on reporting the news in order to inform family members and victims about what had taken place before it was made public.

Tarrant has been in plice custody since the March 15 attack, where he used semi-automatic weapons to target Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, marking New Zealand’s worst peace time mass shooting.

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