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Killer who restrained London Bridge terrorist with narwhal tusk given pardon by Queen

Killer who restrained London Bridge terrorist with narwhal tusk given pardon by Queen

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Killer who restrained London Bridge terrorist with narwhal tusk given pardon by Queen
Steven Gallant, 42, pictured with Jack Merrit (right), risked his life to restrain Usman Khan (Picture: PA)

A convicted killer who risked his life to confront an armed terrorist with a narwhal tusk on London Bridge has been granted a pardon by the Queen.

Steven Gallant, 42, was on day release at an event for reformed prisoners when Usman Khan stabbed two Cambridge graduates to death. He then grabbed a narwhal tusk mounted on the wall at Fishmonger’s Hall and helped to restrain Khan, who was wearing fake suicide vest and armed with two knives.

Khan was then shot by police on London Bridge. His victims were later named as Jack Merrit, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, both of whom had been working as part of the Learning Together scheme to help prisoners access education.

It had been Gallant’s first time out on licence after he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years in 2005 for the murder of a firefighter in Hull.

The Queen has now used the rarely-used ‘Royal Prerogative of Mercy’ to bring Gallant’s case before the parole board 10 months early, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.

It’s use, on this occasion recommended by Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, is unprecedented for a jailed murderer.

Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday January 7 Handout photo issued by Steve Gallant of himself (left) with Jack Merritt (right, who died in the London Bridge attack) pictured at the end of a Learning Together training course in April 2018. The convicted murderer has revealed how he
Gallant (left) was convicted of murder in 2005 (Picture: PA)

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: ‘The Lord Chancellor has granted Steven Gallant a Royal Prerogative of Mercy reducing his minimum tariff of 10 months in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions at Fishmongers’ Hall, which helped save people’s lives despite the tremendous risk to his own.’

The final decision ultimately rests with the parole board, but it is highly unlikely Gallant will be denied his freedom.

He is understood to be a model prisoner who has expressed remorse for his crimes and has not faced any punishment or loss of privileges for the past 10 years.

Gallant, who is in the process of studying for a business degree, was convicted of murder in 2005 after beating victim Barrie Jackson, 33, to death with another man in Hull.

The pair had lain in wait for Jackson outside the Dolphin after believing he attacked Gallant’s girlfriend. He was beaten so savagely with a hammer by a group of men paramedics were unable to find his mouth.

The previous year, Jackson himself had been cleared of the attempted murder of a woman, 64, after stamping on her face and dumping her unconscious in a skip. He was convicted of assault.

Jackson’s son Jack, 21, told the Mirror: ‘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.’

Jack Merritt’s father David, 55, also welcomed the news of Gallant’s pardon, stating that he ‘full deserved’ it. He went on: ‘It is fantastic. He was very close to Jack and he turned his life around and reformed. I am really pleased for him.’

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