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NT quadruple murder trial to resume | Blue Mountain Gazette


The trial of a loving-sick man accused of murdering four people in a shootout across Darwin is set to resume after a three-day delay.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in less than an hour at four locations on June 4, 2019.

The Crown says Hoffmann was looking for his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Collins, and a man she said she loved, Alex Deligiannis, when the murders took place.

Hoffmann and Ms Collins met at a drug rehab center, where they enjoyed each other’s company.

After leaving the program, the couple planned to move in together, but two weeks before the shooting Ms Collins texted Hoffmann saying she was in love with Mr Deligiannis.

“Hoffy, I love Alex,” she wrote on May 20.

Hoffmann initially responded with a series of humorous texts, but in the days that followed his demeanor changed and he repeatedly told his colleagues that he was going to “blow (Alex) his head”.

Prosecutor Lloyd Babb SC said Hoffmann’s first victim, Hassan Baydoun, was shot and killed four times at the Palms Motel in central Darwin.

Forensic scientist Marianne Tiemensma said the first two shots hit the 33-year-old in the right arm and the third in the chest.

The last shot hit Mr. Baydoun in the head at close range while he was sitting in his shower.

Investigators found Mr. Baydoun’s corpse sprawled on the floor in the shower stall with a frying pan on his lap.

“I got the impression he was most likely trying to defend himself with the frying pan,” Dr Tiemensma said of his observations at the crime scene shortly after Mr Baydoun’s murder.

Hoffman then allegedly shot Nigel Hellings through the front door of the 75-year-old apartment building about half a mile away.

Michael Sisois, 57, was the next man to die after being shot in the head in the parking lot of the nearby Buff Cluff bar and restaurant.

Hoffmann reportedly texted Mr Sisois the day before his death asking him to bring him a wife.

“I’m going to fuck you up, Sisois. Bring her to me. I’m going to fuck you up,” the message read.

Hoffmann is also charged with the murder of Rob Courtney, 52, at an industrial Darwin Recycling site about 2.5 km away.

He was found with 69 injuries, including 36 stab wounds and stab wounds, multiple blunt wounds and one gunshot wound.

The court heard that Mr. Deligiannis had already visited three of the places regularly.

The trial will resume Monday after a three-day delay to deal with issues not involving the jury.

Australian Associated Press