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Australia'I'm very sorry': Alleged Darwin shooter apologises, asks for help in court

05:41  07 june  2019
05:41  07 june  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Four dead, 1 hurt in Darwin mass shooting

Four dead, 1 hurt in Darwin mass shooting Four people are dead after a gunman opened fire in Darwin's CBD; with the shooter in custody, police are focusing on the chain of events and the man's motive.

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The man accused of killing four people in an hour-long crime spree through Darwin has told a court he is "very sorry about what’s happened".

Ben Hoffmann, 45, appeared via videolink in Darwin Magistrates Court about 11am local time on Friday dressed in a red T-shirt and white shorts.

He appeared to have several wounds to his face.

Mr Hoffman was placed on an at-risk order after he told the court, "I do need help, I’ve asked for help".

Suspected Darwin shooter identified as Ben Hoffmann

Suspected Darwin shooter identified as Ben Hoffmann A man who allegedly killed four men after he opened fire in Darwin has been identified as 45-year-old man Ben Hoffmann, who was released on parole in January.

His matter was adjourned to September 18.

'I'm very sorry': Alleged Darwin shooter apologises, asks for help in court© Nine News Accused Darwin shooter Ben Hoffmann is taken from hospital into custody. As his legal team were talking to the magistrate, Mr Hoffmann, unprompted, said: "I’m very sorry about what happened and I want to speak to Peter."

Peter is prominent Darwin lawyer Peter Maley, who is representing Mr Hoffmann.

'I'm very sorry': Alleged Darwin shooter apologises, asks for help in court
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Mr Hoffmann has been charged with four counts of murder, two of recklessly endanger serious harm and one count of criminal damage, after allegedly killing four men in Tuesday's mass shooting.

Lebanese taxi driver Hassan Baydoun, 33, who was killed at the Palms Motel, was the first to die in the shooting spree.

What we know about the Darwin shooting and the alleged gunman

What we know about the Darwin shooting and the alleged gunman Police are investigating a shooting incident that killed four across Darwin's CBD on Tuesday night. Here's what we know about the incident so far.

Nigel Hellings, 76, was killed at Gardens Hill Crescent, before Mr Hoffmann then allegedly shot and killed Michael Sisois, 57, a Greek roof tiler in the car park of the Buff Club, a popular watering hole on the Stuart Highway.

New Zealand national Rob "Kiwi Bob" Courtney, 52, who was a security guard at the Mindil Beach Casino, was the fourth victim.

It was revealed on Thursday that Mr Courtney stabbed Mr Hoffmann at least twice before his own life was ended.

Mr Hoffmann, 45, is understood to have been searching for a man called Alex who he believed was in a secret relationship with his girlfriend.

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