A convicted murderer in England who has been hailed as a hero after helping to stop a terrorist attack on London Bridge last year could sever his sentence after Queen Elizabeth intervened.
Steven Gallant, 41, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of a former firefighter in Hull, was on the day of his release to attend a prisoner rehabilitation event when he caught up with the occupier Usman Khan.
Police said Gallant used a narwhal tusk to help stop Khan after he stabbed people in the bridge, killing two.
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Khan, armed with a fake suicide suit and two knives, killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt. He was killed by police.
The Ministry of Justice said Queen Elizabeth used the small “Royal Prerogative of Mercy”; to deliver Gallant’s case to the parole board 10 months in advance.
The parole board has the final decision.
According to Sky News, Gallant allegedly expressed remorse for the murder of Barrie Jackson, who was beaten to death outside a pub. Gallant has also not faced any loss of privileges in the past 10 years, having faced previous drug abuse and studying for a business degree.
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David Merritt, the father of one of the victims of the terror attack, told the Daily Mirror that Gallant was “fully deserving of this pardon, or sentence reduction.”
According to reports, Gallant became friends with Jack Merritt after they met through his role in a rehabilitation service, mentoring the convicted murderer behind bars.
“It was amazing. He was so close to Jack and he changed his life and changed,” David Merritt said. “I’m really pleased for him.”