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Australia Darwin shooting survivor got ready to die

06:26  27 september  2021
06:26  27 september  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Catherine Milera thought she heard a car backfiring, but seconds later a shotgun blast blew the front door to her Darwin apartment open and she thought she was about to die.

A woman has recounted a gun blowing open her flat's front door and she thought she was about to die. © Michael Franchi/AAP PHOTOS A woman has recounted a gun blowing open her flat's front door and she thought she was about to die.

"I sank to the floor. I couldn't get my mobile to work, my hands were shaking," she told the Northern Territory Supreme Court on Monday.

"The door was kicked (fully) open, splinters flew into the unit," Ms Milera said as she recounted the events of June 4, 2019.

That's the day Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 47, is accused of murdering four people with a shotgun during a drug-fuelled afternoon rampage across the city.

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The suspected shooter has been identified as the son of a respected Darwin family who reportedly fell in with a 'bad crowd' during a rehab stint. In the days before the shooting , the heavily-tattooed man was fired from his job at a roofing company after he repeatedly failed to show up for work, according to NT News. A witness said the alleged gunman was calm as he fired shots and entered every room at the Palms Motel on McMinn Street in Darwin . One man died at this location, and witnesses described seeing a woman who had just been shot in the legs, who is now in a stable condition in hospital.

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One of his alleged victims is Nigel Hellings, who lived next door to Ms Milera.

Prosecutor Lloyd Babb SC says Hoffmann shot Mr Hellings while he searched for a man named Alex Deligiannis.

"He walked in. He appeared to be on a mission. He knew what he was looking for," Ms Milera said fighting back tears.

"He looked like a tradie … but with a shotgun.

"I was lying on the ground thinking I was going to die."

Ms Milera kept her head down and tried to avoid making eye contact with Hoffmann as he allegedly walked past her with a shotgun asking where a man named Alex was.

"I realised my only way of surviving was to not be a witness," she said in a police interview recording played for the jury.

"I was shaking. I said something like 'I don't know who Alex is, my name is Catherine, there is no Alex here'."

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Ms Milera said Hoffman checked all the rooms in her apartment before saying sorry and walking out.

Hassan Baydoun, 33, Michael Sisois, 57, and Rob Courtney, 52, were the other men who died.

Hoffmann has pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and 10 other serious charges, including threatening to kill and recklessly endangering life.

His defence lawyer Jon Tippett QC has asked the jury to focus on Hoffmann's psychological state when he allegedly committed the offences.

"It's the state of mind of Mr Hoffmann at the time the events took place. It's the state of mind that underpins the crime. It's the state of mind that fundamentally makes a person guilty of a crime," he said.

The trial continues.

Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann's former friends take stand in his Supreme Court murder trial .
A witness in the Benjamin Hoffmann murder trial has told the court the accused was drinking water mixed with the drug ice and driving at speeds of up to 180 kilometres on the morning of an alleged shooting spree. Mihalis Makrylos said Mr Hoffmann came to his house in Darwin's northern suburbs, woke him up him around 2:00am and asked him to go with him to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH)."He claimed that he was poisoned," the witness said.

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