Alleged Darwin gunman Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann to plead not guilty, lawyer says

| 18.09,19. 02:50 PM |


Alleged Darwin gunman Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann to plead not guilty, lawyer says



Photo: Further charges have been laid against alleged Darwin gunman Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann. (Supplied: Elizabeth Howell)


The man accused of carrying out a deadly shooting rampage across Darwin in June will plead not guilty to 13 charges, including four counts of murder.


Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann appeared in Darwin Local Court via video link from Holtze prison, but unlike his previous appearance, did not say anything during the hearing.


Lawyer Peter Maley told the court his client would plead not guilty to the charges and he was expecting to go to trial at the end of 2020.


"He's keen to have this matter transmitted and heard in the Supreme Court as soon as possible, but the outstanding material is crucial to his case," Mr Maley said.


Prosecutor Matt Nathan SC told the court police had made "significant inroads" in the investigation, but there was still a large amount of information to gather, such as CCTV and body-worn video from attending police officers.


"There is also a quantity of medical records, such as psychiatric reports and psychologists' … [from] both shortly after the arrest and remand in custody, but also ongoing interaction," Mr Nathan told the court.


Since Mr Hoffmann's last court appearance, a further six charges have been laid including: making a threat to kill a person, driving with a prohibited drug in the body, and the supply and possession of a schedule-one drug.


Mr Hoffmann was arrested on June 4 this year after four people were shot and killed and a young woman was left with serious injuries during a shooting in Darwin's CBD and inner suburbs.


At his previous court appearance, the accused told the court he was "very sorry for what's happened" and that he "need[ed] help".


"I do need help, I asked for help," he said.


Judge John Neill acknowledged the case was of significant public interest.


"This is a case which is notorious, everyone is aware of what's alleged … this is going to be a huge matter at the committal stage," he said.


The matter has been adjourned to December 11, 2019.


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