A man on trial for the shooting murders of four people in Darwin has pleaded not guilty as jury selection gets underway.
Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, is accused of murdering Hassan Baydoun, 33, Nigel Hellings, 75, Michael Sisois, 57, and Rob Courtney, 52, during a series of shootings on June 4, 2019.
He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in the Northern Territory Supreme Court to four counts of murder and 10 other serious offences.
The other charges include making a threat to kill a woman while armed with a shotgun on the same day at a home in Humpty Doo on the city’s outskirts.
Hoffmann is also accused of recklessly endangering another woman’s life with a Toyota Hilux in the same rural community.
His jury trial before Justice John Burns is scheduled for nine weeks but could run for three months.
It’s expected to hear from about 150 witnesses with jury empanelment on Tuesday expected to a full day.
That’s due to the close links between Darwin’s small population and the need for the jury of 15 people to be independent from the community and willing to decide the case based only on the evidence.
Media have been barred from the courtroom to make space for the jury pool of about 200 people.
The trial was delayed in March when Hoffmann’s lawyer, Jon Tippett QC, applied to the court for a three-month adjournment.Internet Explorer Channel Network