Hero convict who attacked London Bridge terrorist with tusk given pardon by Queen

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A hero convict who saved lives by tackling London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk has been given a royal pardon by the Queen.

Convicted killer Steven Gallant – jailed in 2005 for murder – was handed a reprieve by Her Majesty after risking his life to help end the extremist’s deadly attack last November.

The 42-year-old was on his first day release attending a conference set up to help rehabilitate prisoners when jihadist Khan, 28, who was also invited to the event, launched his murderous rampage.

He had already killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, when Gallant was handed an ornamental 5ft tusk from the wall of the kitchen at Fishmongers’ Hall and chased Khan to the bridge, where the terrorist was shot dead by cops.

Now justice chiefs have confirmed he has been given a Royal Prerogative of Mercy – slashing 10 months off his 17-year sentence, the Mirror reports.

It means the killer – originally due for release in 2022 – could go before a Parole Board as early as June next year.

Both victims, Jack and Saskia, were Cambridge University graduates who were co-ordinators at the Learning Together prison programme event.



London Bridge attacker Usman Khan

Jack’s father David, 55, from Cottenham, in Cambridgeshire, said: “It is fantastic. Steve fully deserves this pardon, or reduction in his sentence.

“He was very close to Jack and he turned his life around and reformed. I’m really pleased for him.”

Jack and Gallant had met previously through his role at Learning Together in 2016, with Jack mentoring him behind bars. Gallant described him as a “role model and friend”.

A Ministry of Justice official confirmed Gallant had been granted a pardon. The spokesman said it was “in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions… which helped save people’s lives despite the tremendous risk to his own”.



Convicted killer Steven Gallant was jailed in 2005 for murder.

Last night Gallant spoke of his “debt of gratitude” from jail. His solicitor Neil Hudgell said: “Steve is very happy with what is a highly symbolic outcome and feels a debt of gratitude to those who helped him achieve an RPM. He is passionate about using his knowledge and experiences to help others
steer away from crime.”

Gallant was handed a life sentence for beating to death firefighter Barrie Jackson outside a pub in Hull in 2005.

A court heard Gallant planned the gang assault because he believed Barrie had attacked his girlfriend eight days before. He was convicted of murder and told to serve 17 years.



Saskia Jones of Warwickshire in the West Midlands was killed.

Last night Barrie’s son, university student Jack Jackson, 21, said: “It goes to show people can change. I have a lot of mixed emotions but, in my mind, Gallant has nearly done his and, if someone has undergone rehabilitation and changed, which it seems he has, then it’s fair enough.”

Khan was the youngest member of a nine-strong group of jihadists jailed in 2012 for planning to bomb the London stock exchange and US embassy and target VIPs including Boris Johnson, then mayor of London.

Earlier this year, Johnson said: “I’m lost in admiration for the bravery of Steven Gallant and the others who fought a very determined terrorist.”