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MetiNews.Com - Killer Steve Gallant's actions drew praise from across the world

UK news Terror victim's dad praises Queen for pardoning London Bridge hero last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Killer Steve Gallant's actions drew praise from across the world

UK news Terror victim's dad praises Queen for pardoning London Bridge hero last minute news
17 October 2020 - 23:15

Breaking News ! The father of terror victim Jack Merritt has praised the Queen for pardoning the jailed killer who fought the London Bridge terrorist. Steve Gallant battled terrorist Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk in November last year on London Bridge in scenes seen around the world. The Sunday Mirror reports that the Queen has now decided to pardon him. Khan murderered Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were at a prison rehabilitation conference in the Fishmongers Hall next to London Bridge that November day last year. Gallant, who saw Jack as his mentor, was also at the conference - and his actions helped stop Khan killing others. Tonight, Jack Merritt’s father David, 55, of Cottenham in Cambridgeshire, praised the Queen's decision. He said: “Steve 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.” Read More Related Articles Jack Merritt's dad David shares powerful tribute to son killed in London Bridge terror attack Read More Related Articles London Bridge victim named as Cambridge University worker Jack Merritt The Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been granted by Her Majesty on the advice of the Government. The step - which has not been taken for nearly 25 years - means jailed murderer Gallant will have 10 months cut from the 17-year sentence given to him in 2005. In addition, he could now go before a Parole Board next June to rubberstamp his freedom. Gallant was among a gang who battered Barrie Jackson to death outside The Dolphin pub in Hull in April 2005. He was on day release from prison last November for that offence when Khan went on the rampage during an event for rehabilitating offenders in the Fishmongers Hall next to London Bridge. He murdered Jack and Saskia and stabbed three others. Now Gallant has spoken through his solicitor, Neil Hudgell, who said: “Steve feels a debt of gratitude to all those who helped him to achieve a Royal Prerogative of Mercy. “He is passionate about using his knowledge and experiences to help others steer away from crime.” Tonight, the son of Gallant's 2005 victim, firefighter Barrie Jackson, said he backed the pardon. Son Jack, who was only four when he lost his dad, said:  “I have mixed emotions – but what happened at London Bridge goes to show the reality that people can change.” Asked if he would consider meeting Gallant, Jack said: “Maybe. I wouldn’t rule it out.

. (Image: PA) He went on to say: “In my mind, Gallant has nearly done his time and if someone has undergone rehabilitation and change, which it seems he has, then it’s fair enough. "Every time his name is mentioned it brings back memories for me, my brother and mum but it happened years ago." Gallant was on his first day release at the conference by London Bridge on the day the terror attack took place. Convicted terrorist Khan, 28, had also been invited to the event as a rehabilitating offender out on licence. In 2012, he had been jailed for planning to bomb the London Stock Exchange. But Khan was not there to listen to speeches about rehabilitation. Instead, after sitting quietly for some time, he pulled out two knives and went berserk, killing Jack and Saskia. As word spread in the building that a man was running amok, Gallant was handed an ornamental five-foot narwhal tusk from a wall to use as a weapon. He then chased him on to the bridge. Footage seen across the world then showed him fighting off the terrorist to stop him committing more murders before police shot Khan dead. Jack had mentored Gallant behind bars. Gallant - who after his heroic acts said he “didn’t hesitate” to confront Khan - described him as a “role model and friend”. He has been open about accepting that he deserved to be punished for what happened that night in Hull. “It is right I was handed a severe penalty for my actions," he said. "Once I’d accepted my punishment, I decided to seek help. "When you go to prison, you lose control of your life. "Bettering yourself becomes one of the few things you can do while reducing the existing burden on society.” The attack he carried out back then was so savage that paramedics who tried to revive his victim could not find his mouth. A court heard Gallant planned the assault believing Mr Barrie had attacked his girlfriend eight days before. Now, 15 years on, he has been given a rare second chance.

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UK news Terror victim's dad praises Queen for pardoning London Bridge hero last minute news


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