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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 3 COURT REPORT Kalymnian immigrant killed in Darwin shootings 22 years earlier, Sisois sister had also died as a result of gun violence "I am very sorry about what happened," said Benjamin Glenn Hoffman, 45, on Friday as he faced Darwin Local Court after being charged with the killing of four people in the worst mass shooting in the Northern Territory's History. "I do need help, I've asked for help," he said, appearing via video link from prison. He was charged with four counts of murder by Northern Territory police, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment causing serious harm and one charge of criminal damage following Tuesday's rampage across Darwin's inner-city suburbs. Further charges will be laid at a later date. SISOIS, RESPECTED IN THE COMMUNITY Among his victims was Greek Australian roof tiler Michael Sisois, 57, who was shot dead after a brief altercation with the suspected gunman outside the Buff Club at 6pm. It is believed that they both had worked together for a Greek Australian employer, that was forced to fire Mr Hoffman due to his poor attendance record. The two men had known each other since January when Sisois had befriended the suspected gunman at his workplace. Members of the Territory Response Group (TRG) arrest a suspected gunman in Darwin. Four people are dead after a shooting in Darwin on Tuesday night, and a suspected gunman has been arrested. PHOTO: AAP/ABC The death of Sisois has filled the Greek Australian community of Darwin with grief, and about two dozen of his friends and family members went to the Buff Club to lay flowers in his memory at the parking lot where he was killed. They described him as a "humble and harmless" man. An avid fisherman, he ar- rived in Darwin from the island of Kalymnos in 1970 with his parents and six siblings. In a cruel twist of fate, his sister, Niki Voukelatous, had also been shot dead in Blackburn South in Victoria in 1987. Brother Vince was outraged that he had lost a second sibling due to gun violence. "It has to be changed, something, otherwise we will have to have guns to go out and protect ourselves, cowboystyle like the old days," he told the ABC. "Never happen to Darwin, I've been here half a century… never done anything bad."We're good citizens, we're hard workers… two people from my family [killed who] come here for a normal life, not to leave our bodies here before [our time]."His nephew, Charlie Mallis, told reporters that he should have Gertos wins rights to $1.7m home in ‘squatter’s law’ Greek Australian property developer Bill Gertos won a $1.7m Supreme Court appeal case and will keep ownership of a property he acquired under an archaic squatter's rights law. The law states that if a squatter occupied the property and paid its bills for at least 12 years he could own it through adverse possession. Mr Gertos claimed that he discovered a house standing empty and derelict at Malleny Street in Ashbury, Sydney, in 1992 (later amended to 1998). He was awarded the title deed to the house which was challenged by the descendants of the original owner, Phyllis Grimes. Grimes lived in the property for 60 years as a protected tenant, paying a small amount of rent to husbandand-wife real estate agents Peter and Christine Dendrinos, however the last owner on record was Henry Downey, who bought been watching the State of Origin. FOUR VICTIMS, TWO KNOWN TO GUNMAN The alleged gunman was seen by witnesses to have been armed with a pump-action shotgun, and a Hilux ute taken from the company where he used to work. Other victims were Nigel Hellings, 76, who was killed at the Gardens Hill Crescent and Lebanese taxi driver Hassan Baydoun 33, killed at the Palms Motel. His final victim, Rob "Kiwi Bob" Courtney, 52, may have saved others as the security guard at the Mind- il Beach Casino managed to stab the alleged murderer at least twice before his own life was ended. Specialist police from the tactical response group tasered the alleged shooter and wrestled him to the ground, kicking away his shotgun and arresting him at the corner of McMinn and Daly streets next to a car he was driving.He later underwent surgery in hospital for wounds he had incurred. It is now believed two of the victims were known to the alleged shooter who is understood to have been searching for a man called Alex, who he believed was in a secret relationship with his girlfriend. HE WAS KNOWN TO THE POLICE Earlier in the day, Mr Hoffman had been caught on camera speeding at Coolalinga and Pinelands. Police were called to investigate, and attended an address at Humpty Doo where it is understood he went. At the time, there was nothing that gave rise to anything suspicious when he was pulled over. NT Commissioner for Corrections Scott McNairn confirmed the man had been released on parole in January after being sentenced to six years jail, with a non-parole period of four years and was wear- ing an electronic monitoring bracelet. He was already facing a charge of attempted sexual intercourse without consent and had been due to face court on Thursday. He had previously breached parole for breaking curfew, for which he was given a 14-day custodial sentence, the commissioner said. He had also undergone random drug tests, which he passed, and he was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet. A man who served time with Hoffmann said he had severe mental health problems and "should have been in an institution" rather than out on parole. Specialist police from the tactical response group tasered the alleged shooter and wrestled him to the ground, kicking away his shotgun and arresting him at the corner of McMinn and Daly streets next to a car he was driving. The Northern Territory government has ordered a review of the 103 people currently on parole following the shooting. On Wednesday, Hoffmann's brother, Clinton Hoffmann, released a statement on behalf of the suspected gunman's family expressing condolences towards all those affected by the shootings. Police search dumpsters for mum-of-five’s bloody remains Greek American businessman Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos, is in custody for the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos. On Thursday, authorities re- Property developer Bill Gertos claimed ownership of a house under a squatter’s rights law. the house in the 1920s. He died in 1947 without leaving a will, but his descendants claim that they did not know of the existence of the house. There was devastation by the family of the owner when they spoke to A Current Affair earlier in the year. Graeme and Colin Downey, the nephews of 95-year-old Joyce Downey, Henry's surviving daughter, said that they found the situation "pretty devastating". "We didn't know that our grandfather owned (the house) until a policeman knocked on our door in November 2017." The outcome of the appeal was to be heard on 5 June, but the family withdrew the appeal against the decision of the lower court. focused their investigation on properties connected to Mr Dulos that are linked to the Fore Group, a custom home building company he owns. He remains at the Bridgebort Correctional Centre as he is unable to post the $500,000 bond. Michelle Troconis, his partner, was released on bail, and also faces charges of tampering with evidence that hindered prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos' disappearance. Neighbours say that police conducted an investigation at the $4.8-million home where the couple lived at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road in New Canaan on Wednesday. One neighbour said that metal Fotis Dulos and his partner Michelle Troconis are believed to be involved in the disappearance of missing mum-of-five Jennifer Dulos. could be heard banging in the property in the early morning hours of 25 May when Jennifer Dulos was reported missing. It is believed that police also focused their search on a metal dumpster located in front of the home. According to arrest warrants Mr Dulos and Ms Troconis were spotted on video dumping garbage bags in more than 30 dumpsters along Albany Avenue in Harford. Bloody clothing and other items were found in the bags with the blood type matching that of Ms Dulos, according to the warrants. The Dulos children range from 8 to 13 years in age and are currently staying with their maternal grandmother Gloria Faber, 85, in New York City. She is also seeking custody. The Dulos marriage had broken down and, in the divorce papers, Ms Dulos had accused her husband of infidelity, cruelty and threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece. The estranged husband had denied the allegations.
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