Darwin gunman Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann changes plea to guilty during trial


Lovesick gunman who shot dead four people in a terrifying rampage makes stunning admission as he changes his plea during the seventh week of his trial

  • Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in 2019 
  • Court heard he showed no remorse and didn’t report guilt in the days afterwards 
  • Later admitted to mental health social worker he may have killed innocent lives 
  • On Tuesday he changed his pleas, admitting to killing four people during ordeal










A love-sick man on trial for terrorising Darwin during an hour-long, drug-fuelled shooting spree has changed his pleas and admitted killing four people.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann had pleaded not guilty in the Northern Territory Supreme Court to committing four murders in less than an hour at four locations on June 4, 2019.

He’s also denied 10 other serious charges, including threatening to kill and recklessly endangering life.

But on Tuesday, as the seventh week of his trial was set to start, the 47-year-old entered guilty pleas to half those offences, including murdering, Hassan Baydoun, 33, Michael Sisois, 57, and Rob Courtney, 52.

Ben Hoffmann (pictured), 45, killed four people and injured one woman during shooting rampage across Darwin on June 4, 2019

Ben Hoffmann (pictured), 45, killed four people and injured one woman during shooting rampage across Darwin on June 4, 2019

He also pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death Nigel Hellings, 75, after the prosecution agreed to accept the lesser charge.

The about-face comes days out from the start of the defence case, which was expected to argue that the jury shouldn’t find Hoffmann guilty of murder because he didn’t have a criminal state of mind when the killings happened.

The Crown has alleged that Hoffmann was searching for his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Collins, and a man she said she loved, Alex Deligiannis, during the rampage.

Mr Baydoun was fatally shot four times at the Palms Motel in central Darwin and Mr Hellings was shot through the front door of his apartment block about 800m away.

Mr Sisois was the next man to die after he was shot in the head in the car park at the nearby Buff Club bar and restaurant.

Mr Courtney died at an industrial yard at Darwin Recycling about 2.5km away.

CCTV captured a shirtless Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann covered in blood and carrying a shotgun on the day he he allegedly murdered four men

CCTV captured a shirtless Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann covered in blood and carrying a shotgun on the day he he allegedly murdered four men

Michael Sisois, 57, (pictured) was also shot and killed

Hassan Baydoun (pictured), 33, is believed to have been the first person killed

Hassan Baydoun (right), 33, was the first person killed. Michael Sisois, 57, (left) was also shot and killed

Mr Deligiannis had previously visited three of the locations regularly.

The court has previously heard Hoffmann was high on methamphetamine during the rampage.

He was arrested after he called police and admitted one of the killings as he requested help from officers.

In the days after the shootings, Hoffmann expressed no remorse during interviews with mental health workers and admitted he may have killed innocent people.

He also remained unsure if he’d killed Mr Deligiannis and didn’t report feeling guilty during interviews but did say he was embarrassed.

Timeline of shooting rampage through Darwin that killed four and badly injured a woman

Timeline of shooting rampage through Darwin that killed four and badly injured a woman

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, allegedly killed four people and injured one woman during shooting rampage across Darwin on June 4, 2019. He is pictured being interviewed by psychiatrist Dr Rob Parker while under police guard at Royal Darwin Hospital

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, allegedly killed four people and injured one woman during shooting rampage across Darwin on June 4, 2019. He is pictured being interviewed by psychiatrist Dr Rob Parker while under police guard at Royal Darwin Hospital

Hoffmann and Ms Collins met in early 2019 in a drug rehab centre, where the pair made plans to move in together after they left the program

But two weeks before the shootings, Ms Collins sent Hoffmann a text message saying she was in love with Mr Deligiannis.

In the days after, Hoffmann repeatedly told workmates he was going to “blow (Alex’s) head off”.

The other charges Hoffmann will plead guilty to include intent to cause fear and making a threat, and conduct giving rise to the danger of death.

The trial continues.

DARWIN SHOOTING – A TIMELINE: 

10.52am: Police allegedly catch Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann doing 94km/h in an 80km/h zone. He is fined and allowed to leave.

5.39pm: Hoffmann allegedly arrives at the Palms Motel in Finnis Street, Darwin

5.45pm: He allegedly shoots dead taxi driver Hassan Baydoun, who was on a break at the taxi rink nextdoor

He also allegedly shoots a woman in the legs

5.50pm: Hoffmann drives two minutes away to Gardens Hill Crescent where he allegedly enters a home and shoots a 76-year-old man dead

5.59pm: Just before 6pm, Hoffmann is alleged to have stormed into the Buff Club pub and killed a 57-year-old man

6.10pm: Hoffmann allegedly drives to an industrial estate and shoots dead a fourth man, 52

6.30pm: The alleged gunman then drives to an NT Police Station, after earlier calling the duty superintendent and asking to be placed in protective custody

6.45pm: Hoffmann is arrested by police in the Stuart Park area of Darwin

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