Early release for murderer who used narwhal tusk to foil London attack

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2020

A CONVICTED murderer who saved lives by tackling the London Bridge terror attacker, is to have his sentence cut.

Steve Gallant, 42, who was convicted in 2005, was one of three men who bravely confronted 28-year-old Usman Khan, a prisoner released on parole in December 2018 after spending eight years in jail on terrorism-related charges.

Gallant had been out on licence after being jailed for life in 2005 with a minimum term of 17 years after being one of two men who murdered firefighter Barrie Jackson, 33, in Hull.

However, in recognition of his bravery in apprehending Khan, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the Queen has initiated her Royal Prerogative of Mercy, which will see Gallant's case brought before the parole board 10 months earlier than planned.

They said: "The Lord Chancellor has granted Steven Gallant a Royal Prerogative of Mercy reducing his minimum tariff of 10 months in recognition of his exceptionally fearless actions at Fishmongers' Hall, which helped save people's lives despite the tremendous risk to his own".

Khan, who had already killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt - with whom Gallant had worked in rehabilitation programmes, was knocked down and restrained by Gallant and two others, thus preventing him from attacking any more people.

"I have mixed emotions, but what happened at London Bridge goes to show the reality that people can change", Jackson's son, Jack, told The Mirror.

Gallant expressed earlier this year that he "did not hesitate" to get involved.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "It is fantastic". The last time a murderer received a royal pardon in the United Kingdom was 25 years ago.

Khan had been attending an offender rehabilitation conference in Fishmongers' Hall when he threatened to detonate what turned out to be a fake suicide vest and started attacking people with knives taped to his wrists.

Merritt, who was a course coordinator for Learning Together, had mentored Gallant while he was behind bars.

He said: "It is right I was handed a severe penalty for my actions". "I noticed injured folks". Gallant described him as a "role model and friend". Once I'd accepted my punishment, I made a decision to seek help. Khan was stood [sic] within the lobby with two giant knives in his palms.

"Steve feels a debt of gratitude to all those who helped him to achieve a royal prerogative of mercy".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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