Benjamin Hoffmann, accused of fatal 2019 shooting in Darwin, pleads not guilty

The trial of a man accused of the shooting murders of four people in Darwin in 2019 is starting in the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

Police cordon off the intersection of Stuart Highway and McMinn Street where a gunman was apprehended in Darwin, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Police cordon off the intersection of Stuart Highway and McMinn Street where a gunman was apprehended in Darwin, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Source: AAP

A man on trial for the shooting murders of four people in Darwin has pleaded not guilty as jury selection gets underway.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, is charged with four counts of murder and several other serious offences following a series of shootings in Darwin on 4 June, 2019.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in the Northern Territory Supreme Court to four counts of murder and 10 other serious offences.

The trial is scheduled for nine weeks but could run for three months.

Prosecutors allege Hoffmann fatally shot Hassan Baydoun, 33, Nigel Hellings, 75, Michael Sisois, 57, and Rob Courtney, 52, in the city's inner suburbs.

He's also accused of shooting and injuring a woman with a shotgun before tactical police officers arrested him.

The trial was delayed in March when Hoffmann's lawyer, Jon Tippett QC, applied to the court for a three-month adjournment.


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Published 21 September 2021 at 10:30am, updated 21 September 2021 at 11:30am
Source: AAP - SBS

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