Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Claims Darwin shooter Benjamin Hoffmann was in drug-induced psychosis questioned in court

A sentencing hearing for the man who killed four people during a shooting spree in Darwin three years ago has heard conflicting views about whether he was in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.

Four men — Hassan Baydoun, Michael Sisois, Robert Courtney and Nigel Hellings — were killed during the rampage on the night of June 4, 2019.

Last year, Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 48, pleaded guilty to three charges of murder and one of manslaughter part-way through what was expected to be a nine-week trial.

Offenders who commit multiple murders in the Northern Territory are subject to a mandatory life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 25 years.

Whether Hoffmann receives a longer non-parole period could be affected by the judge’s determination on his level of culpability during the offending.

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