Accused murderer’s courtroom outburst | The New Daily


The man accused of murdering four people during a shooting rampage through Darwin has complained about the relevance of some of the evidence against him during a courtroom outburst.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann’s trial has been told he murdered four people at four locations in Darwin in less than an hour while high on drugs on the afternoon of June 4, 2019.

The 47-year-old allegedly used a shotgun and a Bowie knife to kill four men as he searched for a woman he believed was his girlfriend, Kelly Collins, and a man named Alex Deligiannis, with whom Ms Collins has been linked.

Mr Hoffmann has pleaded not guilty to murdering the four men but has admitted much of the evidence being presented to the jury.

He became frustrated on Friday as prosecutor Lloyd Babb SC showed the court plans and a video of a rural property where he allegedly tried to run down a woman about an hour before the first man was shot.

“Can I ask you how this is relevant? I’m not denying this,” an agitated Mr Hoffmann said to the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

“You just sit there and protect Alex and his mates.”

Defence lawyer Jon Tippett QC motioned for him to remain silent as another member of Mr Hoffmann’s legal team rushed over to the dock and attempted to calm him.

But Mr Hoffmann persisted with his outburst until Mr Tippett stood up and hurriedly requested Justice John Burns immediately adjourn the court so the jury could be taken out.

Hassan Baydoun, 33, Nigel Hellings, 75, Michael Sisois, 57, and Rob Courtney, 52, were the men who died.

The trial continues.


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