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The victim of the NT gunman tried to escape | Blue Mountain Gazette


The first man killed when an amorous gunman raged through Darwin attempted to defend himself with a frying pan, a forensic expert has said in court.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in four locations on the afternoon of June 4, 2019.

The first man killed in the hour-long shooting, Hassan Baydoun, was shot dead at the Palms Motel at 5:38 p.m.

Forensic scientist Marianne Tiemensma said the 33-year-old man’s body had four gunshot wounds.

The first two blows hit Mr. Baydoun 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 his 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.

The Crown says that after Hoffmann murdered Mr Baydoun, he went to a nearby apartment building, where he shot dead Nigel Hellings, 75.

Michael Sisois, 57, was killed from a gunshot wound to the head in a parking lot at a nearby bar and restaurant.

The last man to die, 52-year-old Rob Courtney, was fatally stabbed and shot at a Darwin Recycling industrial site.

Dr Tiemensma said Mr Courtney suffered at least 69 injuries, including 36 stab wounds and stab wounds, multiple blunt wounds and one gunshot wound.

Prosecutor Lloyd Babb SC said Hoffmann was looking for his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Collins, and the man she said she loved, Alex Deligiannis, when the murders took place.

The trial continues on Monday.

Associated Australian Press