A jailed murderer who saved countless lives by fighting London Bridge terrorist Usman with a narwhal tusk has been pardoned by the Queen.
Steven Gallant, 42, was on day release last November when he heroically risked his life to stop terrorist Usman Khan’s killing spree, the Daily Mirror reports.
He will have 10 months knocked off his 17-year sentence handed to him after battering firefighter Barrie Jackson to death outside a pub in 2005.
Mr Jackson’s family have backed the unprecedented pardon for a jailed murderer and Gallant will be able to get his freedom rubber-stamped before a Parole Board next June.
The Royal Prerogative of Mercy was granted by Her Majesty on the advice of her Government.
Jackson’s student son Jack, 21, told the Mirror tonight: “I have mixed emotions – but what happened at London Bridge goes to show the reality that people can change.”
He even said he might be willing to meet his dad’s killer one day.
Gallant was on his first day release at a Learning Together conference set up to help rehabilitate prisoners when the attack took place last November.
He was in the Fishmongers Hall next to London Bridge along with his former prison mentor, friend and conference co-ordinator Jack Merritt, 25.
Convicted terrorist Khan, 28, had also been invited to the event as a rehabilitating offender out on licence, despite being jailed in 2012 for planning to bomb the London stock exchange
After Khan produced two knives and went berserk killing Jack and his fellow co-ordinator Saskia Jones, 23 – both Cambridge graduates – Gallant was handed an ornamental five-foot narwhal tusk from a wall by civil servant pal David Frost to use as a weapon.
He chased the terrorist on to the bridge where Khan was shot dead by police.
Afterwards, Gallant said he “didn’t hesitate” to confront Khan.
In a statement released through his solicitor, he said: “I could tell something was wrong and had to help.
“I saw injured people. Khan was stood in the foyer with two large knives in his hands. He was a clear danger to all.”
Last night Jack’s father David, 55, of Cottenham in Cambridgeshire, said: “Steve fully deserves this pardon, or reduction in sentence.
“It is fantastic.
“He was very close to Jack and he turned his life around and reformed.
“I am really pleased for him.”
The two had met previously through Jack’s role at rehabilitation service Learning Together in 2016.
He mentored Gallant behind bars. Gallant described him as a “role model and friend”.
Referring to his conviction for murder, Gallant said: “It is right I was handed a severe penalty for my actions.
“Once I’d accepted my punishment, I decided to seek help.
“When you go to prison, you lose control of your life.
“Bettering yourself becomes one of the few things you can do while reducing the existing burden on society.”
Now he has been given a rare second chance.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The Lord Chancellor has granted Steven Gallant a Royal Prerogative of Mercy reducing his minimum tariff of 10 months in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions at Fishmongers’ Hall, which helped save people’s lives despite the tremendous risk to his own.”