Inmate who tackled Fishmongers’ Hall attacker to be released from prison
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 06/07/2021
An unarmed prison inmate who tackled Fishmongers’ Hall attacker Usman Khan to the ground during his terror attack in November 2019 has been directed for release by the Parole Board.
Khan, who was convicted of terrorist offences, fatally stabbed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, and injured three other people before running onto London Bridge.
Carrying two large knives and a fake suicide belt, he was detained on the bridge by three men including Steven Gallant – a convicted murderer who was on day release on the day.
Khan was then shot dead by police.
A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Steven Gallant following an oral hearing.
“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.”
The decision on release is provisional for 21 days subject to any appeal by the Justice Secretary.#
Steve Gallant took on Khan as the latter went on a killing spree armed with two knives and a fake suicide vest on 29 November.
He had been a serving prisoner who was let out on licence for the day to attend a Learning Together rehabilitation project nearby.
He previously said he had heard noises and went to investigate, defying “orders to stay in the conference hall”.
“I could tell something was wrong and had to help. I saw injured people. Khan was stood in the foyer with two large knives in his hands,” he added.
Gallant used a chair and narwhal tusk handed to him by civil servant Darryn Frost, who also risked his life to take on Khan, adding: “Khan also showed us the bomb around his waist in an attempt to frighten us.
“We then chased him onto London Bridge and restrained him until the police arrived.”
Khan was shot dead by police, but not before he had killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, co-ordinators at the rehabilitation course.
© Sky News 2020