World News – GB – Murderer who attacked London Bridge striker with pardoned narwhal tusk


The Queen granted a pardon to the murderer who helped disrupt the London Bridge terror attack by confronting Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk while it was in publication the same day

Steven Gallant, who was praised for risking his life to stop the attack, was granted the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, an extremely rare case of pardon for a convicted murderer

Gallant, 42, will see the 17-year sentence he received in 2005 reduced by 10 months and may seek parole next June, the Daily Mirror reported

The Justice Department said the Queen had been advised to grant this pardon following « Gallant’s exceptionally courageous actions […] which helped save people’s lives despite the enormous risk for his « 

In an extraordinary turn of events, the family of firefighter Barrie Jackson, whom Gallant killed outside a pub in Hull, backed the decision to release the killer early

Jackson’s student son Jack, 21, said: ‘I have mixed emotions – but what happened at London Bridge shows people can change,’ adding he would rule out not to meet one day the murderer of his father

Gallant was on his first day of release at a Learning Together conference organized to help rehabilitate prisoners when the attack took place in Fishmongers’ Hall next to London Bridge last November

Convicted terrorist Khan, 28, was also invited to the event as a licensed rehab offender, after being jailed in 2012 for planning to bomb the London Stock Exchange

After Khan produced two knives and attacked conference coordinators Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, Gallant was given an ornamental narwhal tusk 5 feet from a wall to use as a weapon and chased the terrorist to the bridge, where Khan was shot by police

Afterwards, Gallant said he « had no hesitation » in confronting Khan In a statement he said: « I could tell something was wrong and I had to help J ‘ saw the wounded Khan stood in the hall with two big knives in his hand He was a clear danger to everyone « 

Merritt’s father David, 55, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, said: “Steve fully deserves this grace, or reduced sentence It’s fantastic He was very close to Jack and it changed his life and reformed I’m really happy for him « 

Gallant and Merritt had previously met as Jack’s role in the Learning Together Rehabilitation Department in 2016 Merritt had mentored Gallant behind bars, and Gallant described him as a « role model and friend »

Referring to his murder conviction, Gallant said: “It is true that I received a severe penalty for my actions Once I accepted my punishment I decided to seek help When you go to prison you lose control of your life Improving becomes one of the few things you can do while reducing the existing burden on society « 

Neil Hudgell, Gallant’s lawyer, said: “Steve feels a debt of gratitude to all who helped him obtain a royal prerogative of mercy. He is passionate about using his knowledge and skills. experiences to help others move away from crime « 

The last killer to receive a royal pardon was former IRA leader and police informant Sean O’Callaghan, who was released almost 25 years ago

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