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

- Crime · London · United Kingdom · Elizabeth II · Elizabeth I of England · United Kingdom Ministry of Justice

Lon­don, UK - A con­victed mur­derer who used a nar­whal tusk to help stop a ter­ror at­tack by a knife-wield­ing rad­i­cal will likely have his sen­tence re­duced af­ter Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth in­ter­vened, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

Steven Gal­lant was on day re­lease at an event for re­formed pris­on­ers at the Fish­mon­ger's Hall in Lon­don in Novem­ber 2019 when ter­ror con­vict Us­man Khan went on a knife ram­page, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing three.

Gal­lant and other mem­bers of the public were hailed as he­roes for pre­vent­ing even greater loss of life by tack­ling Khan with a 1.5m nar­whal tusk and a fire ex­tin­guisher be­fore po­lice shot him dead.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice said on Satur­day the Queen had em­ployed the lit­tle-used ‘Royal Prerog­a­tive of Mercy’ to bring

Gal­lant’s case be­fore the pa­role board ten months early, ac­cord­ing to the Press As­so­ci­a­tion news agency.

“The Lord Chan­cel­lor has granted Steven Gal­lant a Royal Prerog­a­tive of Mercy... in recog­ni­tion of his ex­cep­tion­ally brave ac­tions at Fish­mon­gers’ Hall, which helped save peo­ple’s lives de­spite the tremen­dous risk to his own,” PA said.

The pa­role board will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion and is likely to give Gal­lant his free­dom, PA added.

The two killed in the Lon­don at­tack - Saskia Jones (23) and Jack Mer­ritt (25) - were work­ing on a meet­ing on pris­oner re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion that Khan at­tended.

Gal­lant had also met Mer­ritt through the pro­gramme.

Mer­ritt’s fa­ther David (55) told the Daily Mir­ror that he ‘fully de­serves this par­don, or re­duc­tion in sen­tence’.

“It is fan­tas­tic. He was very close to Jack and he turned his life around and re­formed. I am re­ally pleased for him.” Gal­lant was jailed for a min­i­mum of 17 years in 2005 for the mur­der of a fire­man out­side a pub.

 ?? (AFP) ?? This file photo shows a hoard­ing dis­play­ing a photo of Queen El­iz­a­beth with her op­ti­mistic words on COVID-19, in Lon­don
(AFP) This file photo shows a hoard­ing dis­play­ing a photo of Queen El­iz­a­beth with her op­ti­mistic words on COVID-19, in Lon­don

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