A convicted murderer in England, who was praised as a hero after he helped stop the London Bridge bombing last year, could have his sentence reduced after Queen Elizabeth’s intervention.
Stephen Gallant, 41, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of an ex-firefighter in Gaul, was on the day of his release while attending a prisoner rehabilitation event when he came across attacker Usman Khan.
Police said Gallant used a narwhal tusk to help restrain Khan after he began stabbing people on the bridge, killing two.
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Khan, armed with a fake suicide vest and two knives, killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt. He was killed by police.
The Justice Department said Queen Elizabeth had used the little-used “Royal Prerogative of Mercy”; to refer Gallant’s case to a parole board 10 months earlier.
The final decision is made by the parole board.
According to Sky News, Gallant expressed remorse for the murder of Barry Jackson, who was beaten to death near the pub. Gallant has also not experienced any loss of benefits in the last 10 years, has been involved in previous drug abuse and is studying business.
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David Merritt, the father of one of the victims of the terrorist attack, told the Daily Mirror that Gallant “fully deserves this pardon or reduction of punishment.”
Gallant reportedly befriended Jack Merritt after they became acquainted with his role in the rehabilitation service while teaching the convicted murderer behind bars.
“It’s fantastic. He was very close to Jack, and he changed his life and reformed, ”said David Merritt. “I’m very pleased for him.”