Six years jail for Bob Knight's killer
Amy Dale, Court Reporter
The Daily Telegraph
August 30, 2012 4:59PM
THE man who fired the shot that killed truckie Bob Knight will spend close to six years in jail.
Three men, who cannot be identified because they were underage at the time of the shooting, were today sentenced for affray.
Mariam was found guilty last May by a jury of manslaughter, but acquitted of murder.
Justice Latham described Mariam's crime as "a most mindless display of violence" and said the men had shown a disregard for "vulnerable" members of the public.
"This was a premeditated assembly of 11 people for the purpose of the settling of a score which seems to have arisen from a petty assault earlier that day," she said.
"It is an abhorrent and despicable display of male aggression."
Two of the men were sentenced to three-year good behaviour bonds after pleading guilty to affray.
The other man, who was found guilty by a jury of affray and maliciously destroy property by fire, will be eligible for release on parole within two weeks- as his sentence took into account the time he has spent in custody.
Allowing for Mariam's time in jail, he will be eligible for parole in April 2016.
Bob Knight's daughter Katherine said outside court that she was pleased at Mariam's sentence, saying "we've been told that's good for manslaughter these days."