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Sentence increased for Bob Knight's killer

Members of Bob Knight's family react to the decision to increase Mahmoud Mariam's sentence for firing the stray bullet that killed their father.

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A south-west Sydney man who killed a truck driver with a stray bullet fired during a gang fight has had his manslaughter sentence increased by three years and nine months.

Truck driver and grandfather, Bob Knight, 66, was shot dead when a bullet travelled 120 metres out of the Milperra KFC car park, across Milperra Road and into his truck as he drove past on June 25, 2009.

The bullet came from the gun of Mahmoud Mariam, who had gone to the car park with a group of other men to settle a dispute with members of the rival Elkobali clan.

Shot ... Bob Knight with his wife, Jeanette, and his truck. He was killed by a bullet fired by Mahmoud Mariam.

Shot ... Bob Knight with his wife, Jeanette, and his truck. He was killed by a bullet fired by Mahmoud Mariam. Photo: Melissa Adams

Almost instantly, he began shooting at the Elkobalis with a Ruger pistol, with at least 10 rounds fired.

In a freak occurrence, one of the bullets hit and killed Mr Knight.

In May, Mariam was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter and affray.

He was sentenced to at least six years' jail.

The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the sentence on the grounds of "manifest inadequacy".

On Friday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal upheld the appeal, adding three years and nine months to his minimum non-parole period.

With time served, he will be eligible for parole on January 23, 2020.

Speaking outside court, Mr Knight's daughter Cath Knight and her brother David Knight said the increased sentence was a "victory".

"It's hard to understand what sentence someone is supposed to get for taking the life of someone you love," David Knight said.

"[But] it's very nice to walk out of a courtroom not with our heads down for once, saying, 'What happened?'"

The pair said they had not expected the appeal would be granted and had travelled from Canberra to say goodbye and thanks to the police officers involved in the case.

"I'm still in disbelief," Ms Knight said.