A convicted murderer in England, who was hailed as a hero for helping stop the London Bridge terrorist attack last year, could have his sentence reduced after Queen Elizabeth intervened.
Stephen Galant, 41, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of a former Hull firefighter, was on his release day to attend a prisoner rehabilitation event when he encountered assailant Usman Khan.
Police say Galant used a narwhal tusk to help 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 the police.
The Justice Department said Queen Elizabeth had used the little-used “Royal Prerogative of Mercy”
The parole board has the final decision.
According to Sky News, Galant expressed remorse for the murder of Barry Jackson, who was beaten to death in front of a pub. Gallant has also not lost privileges in the last 10 years, has reviewed previous substance abuse and is studying for a business degree.
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David Merritt, the father of one of the victims of the terrorist attack, told the Daily Mirror that Galant “fully deserves this apology or reduction of sentence.”
Galant reportedly befriended Jack Merritt after they met through his role in rehab, mentoring the convicted killer behind bars.
“It’s fantastic. He was very close to Jack and he turned his life around and reformed,” said David Merritt. “I’m really happy with him.”