‘People can change’: Convicted killer who fought Fishmongers’ Hall terrorist with Narwhal tusk speaks for first time of the attack… and his ‘deep regret’ for murder that saw him locked up for life 

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  • Convicted killer who used narwhal tusk to help defeat the murder of terrorist ‘Regret’
  • Steve Gallant, 43, was jailed for 17 years for the 2005 murder of Barry Jackson
  • Jihadi Usmar Khan killed graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones during terrorist attack on London Bridge in 2019
  • Gallant grabbed a narwhal tooth and helped bring down Khan during the incident
  • She spoke TODAY about her ‘deepest regret’ for the murder that left her locked up for life
  • Gallant said ‘people may change’ after being released early for his role in bringing Khan down

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A convicted killer who used a narwhal tooth to help bring down a London Bridge terrorist has spoken out about the attack as well as his ‘deepest regret’ for a murder that cost him life. has been closed.

Steve Gallant, 43, chased down 28-year-old jihadi knife-wielding Usman Khan during a 2019 terror attack and helped nab him.

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The terrorist killed program graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at Fishmongers Hall before fleeing to London Bridge.

Gallant was jailed for 17 years for the murder of Barry Jackson in Hull in 2005 and was attending a rehabilitation program when fellow participant Khan began his assault.

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

You can do something bad and you can do good too. I hope this inspired other prisoners. ,

He continued: ‘I am deeply sorry that I took someone’s life.

Convicted killer Steve Gallant, 43, used a narwhal tusk to help bring down a London Bridge terrorist, as well as talks about his ‘deepest regret’ for a murder that left him locked up for life .

Gallant, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of Barry Jackson in Hull, was attending a rehabilitation program when fellow participant Khan (pictured) began his assault

Gallant, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of Barry Jackson in Hull, was attending a rehabilitation program when fellow participant Khan (pictured) began his assault

‘And I understand and I accept that no one has the right to take someone’s life or use violence.

‘The impact of being sent to prison and seeing everyone devastated had a profound effect on my sentence long ago.

‘It was he who made the firm decision to change me, educate myself and never use violence again.’

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

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

He said: 'Prison can work.  But I think it has to come from within. If you don't want to change, nothing can change you.

He said: ‘Prison can work. But I think it has 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

Terrorists kill event graduates Jack Merritt (pictured left) and Saskia Jones (pictured right) at Fishmongers Hall before running over London Bridge

Steven Gallant, pictured with Jack Merritt, chases down jihadist knife wielder Usman Khan during a 2019 terror incident and helps capture him

Steven Gallant, pictured with Jack Merritt, chases down jihadist knife wielder Usman Khan during a 2019 terror incident and helps capture him

He said: ‘Prison can work. But I think it has to come from within. If you don’t want to change, nothing can change you.’

In an interview aired on Channel 4 at 7 pm today, he said Jack Merritt was ‘amazing’.

‘He had such a profound effect on so many people in the prison system. So it’s not only sad that she was murdered that way, in that horrifying way, and of course, Saskia Jones too, but she made a positive impact on the lives of so many people in the system.

Gallant, carrying a narwhal tooth he had grabbed from Hall, was part of a group that chased the knife-wielding Khan and brought him to the ground.  (Pictured: Group tackles terrorist Khan)

Gallant, carrying a narwhal tooth he had grabbed from Hall, was part of a group that chased the knife-wielding Khan and brought him to the ground. (Pictured: Group tackles terrorist Khan)

He confronts terrorist Usman Khan in the form of a narwhal tusk used by members of the public.

He confronts terrorist Usman Khan in the form of a narwhal tusk used by members of the public.

Khan is confronted by armed police at London Bridge after the attack at Fishmongers Hall

Khan is confronted by armed police at London Bridge after the attack at Fishmongers Hall

‘The work he could have continued, it is a shame that someone so powerful has been taken away from us at such a young age.

‘I’ve been to some dark, dark places, but if I can take something out of that, it really says “You don’t have to go down the same path, you know, you can avoid it, I went there, I That’s done, just take my advice on this – avoid it.” And if anyone can take it from it, great.’

The convicted killer also told about the moment he faced the terrorist.

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

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

Gallant (pictured) was part of the gang that attacked firefighter Mr. Jackson after being freed from an alleged attempted murder of a prostitute in Hull.

Gallant (pictured) was part of the gang that attacked firefighter Mr. Jackson after being freed from an alleged attempted murder of a prostitute in Hull.

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

‘So I thought well. You know, I’ll use it to take on Osman.

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

‘He’s swinging his knife trying to strike me, I’m keeping enough distance to protect myself and I managed to hit him again with the narwhal tooth, but this time it broke on him.

‘Then he came running towards me because now I am unarmed. So I withdrew.

‘ He moved towards the front door. And then all of a sudden his path was torn apart, so he’s out now, outside the London Bridge building.

‘I followed him on the road.

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

Barry Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and hammered to the ground by two men, including Gallant.  He was beaten so badly that the paramedics struggled to find his mouth

Barry Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and hammered to the ground by two men, including Gallant. He was beaten so badly that the paramedics struggled to find his mouth

‘With the fire extinguisher is John Crilly and Darin Frost with another narwhal tusk. And then he followed Usman Khan as he ran towards London Bridge. So I followed him.’

Gallant was quickly released from his 17-year murder sentence, after using a narwhal tusk to kill Usman Khan, the jihadist of Fishmongers Hall, during his deadly terror attack.

Gallant was serving his time for the murder of firefighter Barry Jackson in 2005.

Mr Jackson enjoying a drink at The Dolphin on Greenwich Avenue, Hull on the night of Sunday, April 24, 2005.

Image: Vicky Foster has said she is struggling to process the early release of her former partner's killer

Image: Vicky Foster has said she is struggling to process the early release of her former partner’s killer

At 10.30 pm, before he could finish his drink and go home, he was attacked and beaten so badly that he could not find his mouth when he tried to revive him.

Mr Jackson was sprayed with CS gas and hammered to the ground by two men, including Gallant. The pair lay outside the Dolphins pub waiting for Mr Jackson after believing he had attacked Gallant’s girlfriend.

After police searches all over town, Jackson’s killers are finally found.

The attack was thought to be pre-planned and coordinated, as the men waited for Jackson, and continued to attack him despite his attempts to escape.

The postmortem revealed that every bone in his face was broken.

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

Mr Jackson’s former teammate Vicky Foster had previously said Gallant’s actions at London Bridge were ‘not enough evidence’ of his improvement.

She said: ‘It’s a very strange thing for me and the kids to do the procedure.

‘Every time it’s in the news it brings it all back to me and the kids and it’s obviously difficult. ,

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