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Convicted killer who fought terrorist in 2019 with Narwhal tusk speaks of 'deep regret' for murder

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A convicted killer who used a narwhal tusk to help bring down the London Bridge terrorist has spoken about the attack as well as his ‘deep regret’ for a murder that saw him locked up for life.

Steve Gallant, 43, chased and helped pin down jihadist knifeman Usman Khan, 28, during the 2019 terror incident.

The terrorist killed graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at the event in Fishmonger’s Hall before running out onto London Bridge. 

Gallant was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of Barrie Jackson in Hull and was attending a rehabilitation event when fellow participant Khan launched his attack.

Gallant spoke today for the first time about the terror attack. ‘People can change,’ he told Channel 4.

‘You can do something bad and do something good. I hope that it inspired other prisoners. ‘

He added: ‘I deeply regret the fact that I have taken someone’s life.

Convicted killer Steve Gallant, 43, used a narwhal tusk to help bring down the London Bridge terrorist has spoken about the attack as well as his 'deep regret' for a murder that saw him locked up for life

Convicted killer Steve Gallant, 43, used a narwhal tusk to help bring down the London Bridge terrorist has spoken about the attack as well as his ‘deep regret’ for a murder that saw him locked up for life

Gallant, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of Barrie Jackson in Hull, was attending a rehabilitation event when fellow participant Khan (pictured) launched his attack

Gallant, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of Barrie Jackson in Hull, was attending a rehabilitation event when fellow participant Khan (pictured) launched his attack

‘And I understand and I accept, nobody has the right to take someone’s life or use violence.

‘The impact of being sent to prison and seeing everybody devastated had a profound effect on me very early in my sentence.

‘It was that what made me make a firm decision to change, educate myself, and never use violence again.’ 

Gallant spoke today for the first time about the terror attack. 'People can change,' he told Channel 4

Gallant spoke today for the first time about the terror attack. ‘People can change,’ he told Channel 4 

He added: 'Prison can work. But I think it's got to come from within if you don't want to change, nothing can change you'

He added: ‘Prison can work. But I think it’s got to come from within if you don’t want to change, nothing can change you’

Jack Merritt was killed by Usman Khan during the 2019 terror attack

Saskia Jones was killed by Usman Khan during the 2019 terror attack

The terrorist killed graduates Jack Merritt (pictured left) and Saskia Jones (pictured right) at the event in Fishmonger’s Hall before running out on to London Bridge

Steven Gallant, pictured with Jack Merritt, chased and helped pin down jihadist knifeman Usman Khan during the 2019 terror incident

Steven Gallant, pictured with Jack Merritt, chased and helped pin down jihadist knifeman Usman Khan during the 2019 terror incident

He added: ‘Prison can work. But I think it’s got to come from within if you don’t want to change, nothing can change you.’

In the interview broadcast at 7pm on Channel 4 today he said Jack Merritt ‘was amazing’.

‘He had such a profound effect on so many people in the prison system. So not only is it sad that he was murdered in that way, in that terrible way, and of course, Saskia Jones too, but he affected positively in so many peoples lives in the system.

Gallant, wielding a narwhal tusk he had grabbed from the hall, was part of a group who chased knife-wielding Khan before bringing him to the ground. (Pictured: The group tackle terrorist Khan)

Gallant, wielding a narwhal tusk he had grabbed from the hall, was part of a group who chased knife-wielding Khan before bringing him to the ground. (Pictured: The group tackle terrorist Khan)

The narwhal tusk used by members of the public as they tackled terrorist Usman Khan

The narwhal tusk used by members of the public as they tackled terrorist Usman Khan

Khan is confronted by armed police on London Bridge following attack at Fishmongers' Hall

Khan is confronted by armed police on London Bridge following attack at Fishmongers’ Hall

‘The work that he could have continued doing, it’s such a shame that somebody so powerful at such a young age has been taken from us.

‘I’ve been to some dark, dark places, but if can extract something from that, in a way that actually says “you don’t have to go for the same path, you know, you can avoid that, I’ve been there, I’ve done that, just take my advice on this – avoid that.” And if someone can take from that, then great.’

The convicted killer also spoke about the moment he confronted the terrorist.

He said: ‘He came towards me and he opened his jacket and showed me what was an explosive belt strapped to his waist – I think he wanted to scare me off. 

‘But he was in the midst of a killing spree. I couldn’t just walk away and for some reason. 

Gallant (pictured) was part of a gang who attacked firefighter Mr Jackson after he was cleared of the alleged attempted murder of a prostitute in Hull

Gallant (pictured) was part of a gang who attacked firefighter Mr Jackson after he was cleared of the alleged attempted murder of a prostitute in Hull

‘I assumed it was fake. And then I looked next to me, and there was a chap next to me holding out a narwhal tusk.

‘So I thought great. You know, I’ll use this to to take Usman on.

‘The idea was really for me was just to occupy him while keeping busy until the police arrived.

‘He’s swinging his knives trying to get at me, I’m keeping enough distance just to keep myself safe and I managed to whack him again with the narwhal tusk, but this time it snapped over him. 

‘He then come running towards me because I’m unarmed now. So I backed off.

‘He made his way towards the front door. And then suddenly just burst his way out, so he’s now outside, outside the building on London Bridge.

‘I followed him out onto the street.

‘I saw ladies walking towards him completely oblivious so I shouted, “get back he’s a terrorist” and then others come out the building and joined me.

Barrie Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and beaten to the ground with a hammer by two men - including Gallant. He was so badly beaten paramedics struggled to find his mouth

Barrie Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and beaten to the ground with a hammer by two men – including Gallant. He was so badly beaten paramedics struggled to find his mouth

‘There’s John Crilly with the fire extinguisher and Darryn Frost with another narwhal tusk. And then they gave chase to Usman Khan as he ran off down towards London Bridge. So I followed suit.’

Gallant was given early release from his 17-year murder sentence, after using the narwhal tusk in a bid to take down Fishmonger’s Hall jihadist Usman Khan during his deadly terror attack.

Gallant had been serving his time for the murder of firefighter Barrie Jackson in 2005. 

‘Mr Jackson had been enjoying a night of drinking in The Dolphin, in Greenwich Avenue, Hull, on the night of Sunday, April 24, 2005.

Pictured: Vicky Foster has said she is struggling to process the early release of her ex-partner's killer

Pictured: Vicky Foster has said she is struggling to process the early release of her ex-partner’s killer

At 10.30pm, before he could finish his drinks and make his way home, he was attacked and beaten so severely paramedics who tried to revive him could not find his mouth.

Mr Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and beaten to the ground with a hammer by two men, including Gallant. The pair lay in wait for Mr Jackson outside the Dolphin pub after believing he had attacked Gallant’s girlfriend.

After a city-wide police hunt, Jackson’s murderers were finally found.

The attack was deemed to have been premeditated and coordinated, as the men had laid in wait for Jackson, and continued to attack him despite him trying to run away.

A post mortem revealed every bone in his face had been broken.

Steve Gallant and Daniel Gilligan, both of east Hull, were eventually convicted of murder, and ordered to spend at least 17 years behind bars.

Mr Jackson’s former partner Vicky Foster previously said Gallant’s actions on London Bridge were ‘not enough proof’ of his reform. 

She said: ‘It is a very strange thing for me and the children to have to process. 

‘Every time this is in the news it brings it all back for me and the kids and that’s obviously difficult. ‘

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