July 29, 2021

Queen grants rare royal pardon to murderer who fought off a terrorist knife attacker with a 5-foot narwhal tusk on London Bridge

A convicted murderer who used a narwhal tusk to confront the London Bridge attacker in 2019 will see his 17-year prison sentence reduced under a royal pardon, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Steve Gallant, 47, was on his day release at a conference organized to help rehabilitate prisoners when the attacker, convicted terrorist Usman Khan, fatally stabbed two people in the Fishmongers’ Hall, close to London Bridge last November.

Images of him chasing Khan across the bridge with a 5-foot narwhal tusk quickly spread around the world.

Gallant has received the royal prerogative of mercy by the Queen, for his “exceptionally brave actions … which helped save people’s lives despite the tremendous risk to his own,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told the BBC. The last time a murderer received a royal pardon in the UK was 25 years ago.

The 47-year-old was jailed in 2005 after killing a former firefighter outside of a pub in the northeastern city of Hull. Under the pardon, he will be able to reduce his prison sentence by 10 months and can apply for parole in June 2021.

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