Hear Benjamin Hoffman’s trial on the autopsy of Hassan Beydoun and Robert Courtney

A court heard that the alleged fourth and final victim of Benjamin Hoffman sustained 69 injuries to his body, including 36 “stab or cut” injuries in a “struggle” that led to his death.

Mr. Hoffman is accused of killing four men, Hassan Baydoun, Michael Siswa, Nigel Hillings and Robert Courtney, during an alleged shooting spree in Darwin on 4 June 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Forensic pathologist Marianne Timnesma told the jury she had performed an autopsy on 33-year-old Beydoun and 52-year-old Courtney.

Dr Temenzma said Mr Courtney sustained 69 injuries to his body, including multiple injuries from blunt force and “granule effects” from gunshot wounds to his right arm and right thigh.

In her opinion, the wounds that led to Mr. Courtney’s death were cuts and stab wounds, Dr. Tymensma said.

She said Mr Courtney was a “massive, muscular man” who, before his death, was “in good health and strong”.

Dr Timminsma told the court she had visited the Jolly Street recycling center where Kourtney had allegedly been killed and said he was “covered in blood”.

Defense attorneys Peter Malley and John Tibbett QC represent Mr. Hoffman.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

The court hears about Baydoun’s injuries

Dr. Timnesma said Mr. Beydoun was hit by four separate bullets: two in his right arm, a “large gunshot wound” in the chest and a fourth in the head.

She said that the chest wound, which was caused by a shot fired from a distance of one meter, hit Mr. Beydoun’s bone, heart, blood vessels, lungs, and liver.

Dr. Timnesma told the jury that she believed the “close-range” bullet to Mr. Beydoun’s head was the fourth and final shot, likely about 10 to 15 centimeters away.

Dr. Timnesma said she had visited the Palms Motel room where Mr. Beydoun’s body was found, and based on her observations, it is possible that the alleged killer victim was shot in the arms and chest while standing and then shot in the head after he fell down. Sitting position.

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Joanna Lee told the jury that she tested a range of items for DNA.(ABC News: Hamish Harty)

DNA links Hoffman to crime scenes

The jury also heard that the DNA on which Mr. Beydoun and Courtney were allegedly killed was “a hundred billion times” more likely to have killed Mr. Hoffman than anyone else.

Joanna Lee, director of the NT Police’s Forensic Sciences Branch, told the jury she had performed DNA analysis on a “large array of items,” matching the samples with the DNA of the four alleged victims and Mr. Hoffman.

The court heard that Dr. Lee performed DNA analysis at the Palms Hotel (where prosecutors allege Mr. Hoffman killed Beydoun) and at the Julie Street recycling center (where prosecutors allege Mr. Hoffman killed Courtney).

The DNA from these two scenes, Dr. Lee said, “was at least 100 billion times more likely to have happened if it had originated from Benjamin Hoffman, than if it had originated from an unknown person.”

The court heard that police investigators found 50 cartridge shells, both fired and unfired, after the alleged wave of fire.

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Chief Constable Bindi Purnell told the jury she had examined the crime scenes linked to the alleged shooting spree.(ABC News: Hamish Harty)

The knife and gun were also tested for DNA

Dr. Lee said she also analyzed DNA from the knife and gun that was found in the white stick that Mr. Hoffman was driving at the time of his arrest.

The court heard that the knife, which was found in the tray of the machine, matches the DNA of both Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Courtney.

Dr Lee said traces of the DNA of Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Courtney were found on the knife handle and blade.

Courtney’s blood was also found on Mr. Hoffman’s left hand, which was wiped after his arrest.

Dr. Lee said the Winchester rifle returned positive results for both Mr. Courtney’s and Mr. Hoffman’s DNA.

The trial is scheduled to last nine weeks.


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