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Kevin Bond's traffic lights killer jailed again for murder

Kevin Bond
Kevin Bond was shot after getting out of a car at traffic lights in Wythenshawe

A gunman has been jailed for life for the second time over the fatal shooting of a man at traffic lights in south Manchester.

Kevin Bond, 30, was killed by Robert Knott in front of his fiancee in Wythenshawe as the couple travelled to a wedding fair in September 2010.

Knott, 33, had a murder conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in September and a retrial was ordered.

Robert Knott
Knott had claimed he was acting in self-defence

At Manchester Crown Court earlier, he was told to serve at least 30 years.

The sentence handed down was the same issued the first time Knott, of Hempcroft Road, Timperley, Greater Manchester, was found guilty in 2011.

The original jury heard the two men had had a long-running feud and both had previous convictions for violence.

'Found guilty again'

Mr Bond was shot at close range with a shotgun when he got out of the car to confront Knott, who had been following him after seeing him at a petrol station.

The father-of-one died a short time later in hospital.

Court of Appeal judges ordered a retrial after conflicting evidence involving Knott's claim he had fired his gun because Mr Bond had pulled a pistol on him.

Det Supt Bob Tongue, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "Knott was found guilty once and we are pleased to see he has been found guilty again.

"I hope that the sentencing today will go some way towards helping Kevin's family get over what happened, however, it will never fill that void left in their lives."

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