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Australia Darwin shooting accused Benjamin Hoffmann's case faces delays in Darwin Local Court

05:45  11 december  2019
05:45  11 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Jon Tippett QC appeared for Hoffmann and voiced frustration that his client's case wasn't progressing to the Supreme Court quickly enough. (Supplied: Elizabeth Howell)© Provided by ABC NEWS Jon Tippett QC appeared for Hoffmann and voiced frustration that his client's case wasn't progressing to the Supreme Court quickly enough. (Supplied: Elizabeth Howell)

Accused Darwin gunman Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann has appeared in Darwin Local Court for a mention, but his case on four charges of murder is yet to be moved to the Supreme Court due to delays with the prosecution's case.

Prosecutor Matt Nathan told Local Court Judge Meredith Huntingford the Crown was still waiting on psychiatric and forensic material before the case could proceed for a "preliminary examination", also known as a committal hearing.

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Jon Tippett QC appeared for Hoffmann, and voiced frustration that his client's case was not progressing to the Supreme Court quickly enough, but accepted the Crown's call to adjourn the matter to January 29, when it will likely be moved to the higher court.

Hoffmann 'waiting for his day in court'

Outside court, Mr Tippett told media his client still intended to plead not guilty to four counts of murder, and other related charges.

Mr Tippett said he expected the trial to be underway by the middle or end of 2020.

He said it would be unreasonable if the prosecution was not ready for the case to proceed from January.

"My client's waiting for his day in court, and they're having a holiday over the Christmas period enjoying time with their families, while he's sitting in jail waiting for his day in court," Mr Tippet said.

As to what psychiatric and forensic material was causing delays, Mr Tippett said those details would come out at the preliminary examination in January.

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