Alleged Darwin gunman Ben Hoffmann, 45, appeared in Darwin Local Court last week after being charged with four counts of murder. ART: STUART THORNTON
Alleged Darwin gunman Ben Hoffmann, 45, appeared in Darwin Local Court last week after being charged with four counts of murder. ART: STUART THORNTON

Darwin shooting: ‘I am not my brother’s keeper’

IN an emotional post on social media, the brother of accused Darwin shooter Ben Hoffmann says he wishes he could "take back" Tuesday's events, take away his mother's pain and go fishing with his little brother again.

In a Facebook post Sunday morning, Clinton Hoffmann wrote "stepping of a plane to the news was a surreal way to find out about an absolute tragedy where all of our lives will never be the same".

"I know I cannot take back events - oh I wish I could - I can't take away my mothers pain - I wish I could - I can never go fishing with my little brother Ben again - in this lifetime - I'm living the unforgiving minute - obviously there is no play book for this," he said.

"One thing my mother always taught us was what was right and wrong - to take responsibility for your actions - and boy do we feel that we fail our mum when we do wrong - but she also said the truth will set you soon."

Clinton thanked his friends for their love and support in the aftermath of Tuesday's events.

Clinton also said he could not "begin to fathom" how the families and friends of the victims were coping.

"I cry and I pray for them and hope nothing but good comes to them for the rest of their lives - or how the brave and heroic emergency response women and men are feeling," he said.

"Some of them I know so well - they too are in deep shock and trauma but they get back to work each day to try and keep our community safe - how my favourite city on the planet has been rocked to the core - a village that has raised me and been there through thick and thin."

Clinton said he and brother Ben "walk our own paths".

"I had to realise years ago as part of this that I am not my brother's keeper - I have a lot of support for me and mum and have been crisis managing all other facets of my life - as you would guess," he said.

"My mum and I have always lived our truth - there's no secrets - we try daily to accept our humanness - our open wounds and our old scars - we acknowledge that we stumble but at all times when the shadow passes over us - we always look for the light - we now know that when 'that' day comes - when you fall to the ground in shock - that we have amazing support to lift us back into our feet - because I know - many have watched and understood our journey - one which involves grieving for over 20 years for a son and brother who is alive."



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