In week seven of his nine-week murder case, Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann has today changed his claim from not guilty to guilty, admitting three cases of murder and one of manslaughter.
Hoffmann has been in custody since his arrest in 2019
Prisoners convicted of murder in the NT receive a life sentence
Hoffmann’s verdict will be handed down soon
The charges relate to a shooting across Darwin’s inner suburbs on the afternoon of June 4, 2019.
Hoffmann pleaded guilty to murdering Hassan Baydoun, Michael Sisois and Robert Courtney and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter for Nigel Helling’s death.
In the Northern Territory, prisoners convicted of murder are automatically sentenced to life in prison.
Hoffmann also pleaded guilty to four other charges, including one for threatening to kill and three for reckless endangerment.
Crown prosecutor Lloyd Babb SC accepted Hoffmann’s guilty plea.
ACT Supreme Court Justice John Burns this morning dismissed the jury and thanked them for their service.
“As you can see, we no longer have a lawsuit,” he told the jury.
“The accused has pleaded guilty to a number of charges, the Crown has accepted these pleas in full satisfaction with the indictment, so as I say, we no longer have a trial.
“I would like to thank you on behalf of the community for participating in this trial.
“It has been a rather long and difficult process, but I do not hope that you think your time has been wasted because we have only been able to reach the position that we are now because of what is. happened during the trial, so again, I would like to thank you on behalf of the community. “
Hoffmann has been in custody since he was arrested the night of the shootings.
His verdict will soon be handed down.