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Canberra truckie unluckiest man no longer on earth

By johnboy - 29 June 2009 67

[First filed: June 26, 2009 @ 11:14]

LiveNews bring word that a 66 year old Canberra truck driver was tragically killed overnight when he had the misfortune to be driving past a KFC car park shootout in Sydney’s southwest:

    The truck driver was travelling in his semi-trailer along Milperra Road in Milperra around 10:30 last night, when he became the unfortunate victim of a shooting in a KFC carpark.

    Up to six men were fighting when a bullet travelled 250 metres to the man’s truck, hitting him in the face.

    He’s been identified at a 66-year-old from Canberra.

You couldn’t make up this sort of stuff.

UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph has more information and commenters have noted the driver appears to have managed to park the truck before expiring. No mean feat considering the shock that would surround sustaining a fatal wound completely out of the blue.

FURTHER UPDATE: The Herald Sun has named the victim as Bob Knight of Macgregor. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, two children, David and Cathy, and three grandchildren, Georgia, Alli and Josh. Our condolences to all in the family.

Another Update: The ABC has a few more details, as well as links to video and audio.

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Matty Sullivan 8:14 pm 04 Jul 09

My father has been driving for 30+ years and knew Bob quite well. Top bloke. Unfortunate that after 40-odd years on the road, and millions of kilometers, that it’s a bullet that gets him.

RIP Bob Knight

cantankerous gnomette 4:27 pm 04 Jul 09

I can’t agree more …This man was doing an honest days work, which is more than I can say for the other person(if you can call him that) mentioned

Rest in peace Bob Knight.Keep on trucking mate!

Timberwolf65 11:15 pm 28 Jun 09

BerraBoy68 said :

Ozhair said :

An interesting point, jb. One assumes that these idiots were involved in a gunfight intent on killing each other. So, if you kill the person you were aiming at, it’s murder, but if you kill someone you weren’t aiming at, despite firing the weapon with the intention of killing somebody, it becomes the lesser charge of manslaughter…

Which sucks, really.

+ 1. I’m really tired of the technicalities where people are given a lesser penalty purely because they’re a bad shot. E.G: a gun is fired in a public place with the intent of killing a person. Indeed a person does die but it’s not the person the idiot with the gun was aiming at. If you kill then person you intend to kill = murder. If you miss the intended target and kill and innocent person = manslaughter at best. To me doing something with the intent of killing should be murder regardless of who actually dies. As for self-defence, I think you have the kill the person who you perceive was the direct threat to you. Couldn’t the police also charge whoever did this with carrying a weapon, discharging the weapon in a public place etc?

I don’t like self-defence excuses either as the winner of the fight is typically the only one left alive to tell the story, regardless of whether or not they were at fault.

Totally agree. Wish the law could be that easy.
Feel sorry for this poor old bloke, well done to him for parking the truck, what a selfless act unlike the selfish f#*ker that shot him.


Deadmandrinking 2:17 pm 28 Jun 09

I agree with Danman…

Moran, Williams, Read, Smith, Rogerson….those names all sound familiar and associated with (more than 1) murder?

What if I said Massey? Or mentioned the guy that shot two rebels in tuggers at the beginning of the year?

Murderers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and religeons…

Danman 1:35 pm 28 Jun 09

Hey farnarkler – Ill stand by my words…. You can go blue in the face mate..but my opinion is my opinion – and well rounded on years of experience as well I may add.

But I guess you’re the intelligence analyst, profiler, feds on the ground, judge, jury and executioner.

Putting out a contract is better than an illegal killing how ?

Oh because its in retribution to a wholly disappointing and unfortunate situation..
Wake up and smell the roses sunshine, there are channels to address this issue legally…

Oh and anglo people shoot guns illegally as well… It just so happens that this was not the case in this instance..

Anglos shooting guns isnt as media friendly as say bikers or middle eastern organised crime elements.

But hay, your the citizen judiciary – your word is the be all..I best shut up lest my opinion varies from yours..


farnarkler 1:18 pm 28 Jun 09

Danman, two things; firstly re #55 perhaps you might like to pull your head out of the sand and realise that gangs comprising Middle Eastern men make up a large percentage of Sydney gun crime. Secondly your limp wristed civil libertarian attitude is the kind that is ruining this place.

Now by the sounds of the names of these men I’m guessing they’re not Buddhists.

The Qur’an legislates the death penalty for murder, although forgiveness and compassion are strongly encouraged. The murder victim’s family is given a choice to either insist on the death penalty, or to pardon the perpetrator and accept monetary compensation for their loss (2:178). I doubt if these men were shooting at each other in order to just wound.

I guess if it were one of your close relatives who’d been killed by these scum you would sit back and be satisfied if the NSW judicial system gives them a lengthy sentence.

qld 9:57 am 28 Jun 09

THE brother of a man injured in a shoot-out that left an innocent truck driver dead claims he sped away from police because he “panicked” while driving on a suspended licence.

Canberra truck driver Bob Knight, 66, died from a gunshot wound to the head while driving past a KFC restaurant on Milperra Road, Milperra, about 10.30pm (AEST) yesterday.

Mahmoud Mariam, 26, was refused bail on charges of speeding, driving with a suspended licence, dangerous and negligent driving, and failing to stop, when he appeared at Bankstown Local Court today.

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