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

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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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