/Killer who fought London Bridge terrorist with tusk could be free within weeks

Killer who fought London Bridge terrorist with tusk could be free within weeks

A killer who risked his life to tackle London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan could find out on Monday when he will go free.

Steven Gallant was pardoned by the Queen after using a narwhal tusk to fend off Khan, who killed two graduates at Fishmongers’ Hall in November 2019.

Gallant, 43, went before a Parole Board last month. His lawyers hope he will be freed within weeks.

A source said: “A decision will be made on Monday. He could be out in three weeks if things go OK. But Steve is desperate to keep a low profile whilst settling outside.

“He’s turned his life around and wants to keep on probation’s good side.”

Last year the Sunday Mirror revealed Gallant had been granted a Royal Prerogative of Mercy on government advice.

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Steve Gallant carrying a tusk as he exits Fishmongers' Hall in pursuit of Usman Khan
Steve Gallant carrying a tusk as he exits Fishmongers’ Hall in pursuit of Usman Khan
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It meant he had 10 months knocked off the 17-year sentence he was serving for murder.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed it was a result of Gallant’s “exceptionally brave actions”.

He was at a Learning Together conference to rehabilitate prisoners when Khan launched his knife attack.

Usman Khan
Usman Khan
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Conference coordinators and Cambridge graduates Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25 – Gallant’s former prison mentor – died.

Khan, who was jailed over a bombing plot in 2012, was at the event as a rehabilitating offender out on licence.

After stabbing Jack and Saskia, the 28-year-old was chased out on to London Bridge.

Saskia Jones was killed by Usman Khan
Saskia Jones was killed by Khan
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Barrie Jackson was Steve Gallant's victim
Barrie Jackson was Steve Gallant’s victim
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Gallant and two other men tackled him before he was shot dead by police.

At the time, Gallant said: “I had to help. Khan was in the foyer with two large knives in his hands. He was a clear danger to all.”

A court heard in 2005 how Gallant was in a gang which battered fireman Barrie Jackson, 30, to death in Hull.

Gallant planned the assault, believing Barrie had attacked his girlfriend.

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Last year Barrie’s student son Jack said of Gallant’s early release: “I have mixed emotions – but what happened at London Bridge goes to show that people can change.”

And Jack Merritt’s father David, 55, of Cottenham, Cambs, said: “Steve deserves this. He turned his life around and reformed.”

Saskia’s uncles, meanwhile, have demanded the organisers of the Cambridge University Learning Together programme step down.

Pete and Phil Jones believe Khan manipulated the organisation and said programme chiefs Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow “shouldn’t be leading an organisation that got something badly and tragically wrong”.

Cambridge University has suspended the programme while it reviews how it is run.

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