Family 'sad' at four years jail for one-punch killer

An Australian family have been left "very disappointed" after the man who killed their grandfather had his sentence reduced to just four more years.

Teenager Ariik Mayot killed 55-year-old Lindsay Ede in June 2015, after he allegedly thought he had been called a "black bastard" and threatened with a knife, which turned out to be the cover of Mr Ede's smartphone.

Mr Ede died from injuries sustained from the one-punch attack in an Ipswich, Queensland hospital three weeks later.

He told the court that he was sorry for his actions, but did not expect to be forgiven by the family of the man he killed.

"No one deserves to lose their life like this. Even if I get out I have to live with the fact I took someone's life - he didn't deserve to die," Mayot said.

Mayot was facing a stint of up to 15 years in jail, but the court decided that he will be up for parole in 2020.

Mr Ede's family could be seen shaking their heads as the ruling was delivered, and at the suggestion Mayot perceived him as a threat before killing him.

"Very disappointed. Very sad day to be honest - I think my brother's life was worth more than that," Terry Bishop said outside court.

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