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UK News Convicted killer who battled London Bridge attacker Usman Khan reveals he sprayed the terrorist with a fire extinguisher in the hope of short-circuiting his suicide vest

11:15  09 december  2019
11:15  09 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

London Bridge killer freed less than seven years into 16-year terror sentence

  London Bridge killer freed less than seven years into 16-year terror sentence Usman Khan, 28, was jailed for his part in a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange. Usman Khan, 28, killed a man and a woman in the knife rampage on Friday afternoon and injured three other people, who are being treated in hospital.He was attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation organised by University of Cambridge-associated Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall and “threatened to blow up” the building just before 2pm.

London Bridge attacker Usman Khan reveals he sprayed the terrorist with a fire extinguisher in the hope of short - circuiting his suicide vest . John Crilly, right, is seen bravely wielding the fire extinguisher at Usman Khan after seeing him stab his friend and mentor Jack Merritt stabbed in the

London Bridge hero reveals he tackled terrorist with fire extinguisher ‘to short - circuit A HERO who tackled the London Bridge terrorist with a fire extinguisher has revealed his desperate John Crilly, 48, chased Usman Khan after seeing his mentor and friend murdered, believing the killer was

A convicted killer who battled the London Bridge terrorist has revealed he sprayed Usman Khan with a fire extinguisher in the hope of short-circuiting the knifeman's suicide vest.

Former prisoner John Crilly described how he followed Usman Khan to the bridge after fighting the jihadist at Fishmonger's Hall.

Crilly said he sprayed Khan in the eyes and covered him in foam, allowing others including a hero with a narwhal tusk to subdue the terrorist.

Khan's explosive vest proved to be fake, but Crilly did not know that and told the Mirror he had hoped to short-circuit the device.

a group of people posing for the camera: John Crilly, pictured left with London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt (right), said he hoped to short-circuit Usman Khan's suicide vest by spraying him with a fire extinguisher © Provided by Daily Mail John Crilly, pictured left with London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt (right), said he hoped to short-circuit Usman Khan's suicide vest by spraying him with a fire extinguisher a group of people standing on top of a car: John Crilly, right, is seen bravely wielding the fire extinguisher at Usman Khan after seeing him stab his friend and mentor Jack Merritt stabbed in the chest © Provided by Daily Mail John Crilly, right, is seen bravely wielding the fire extinguisher at Usman Khan after seeing him stab his friend and mentor Jack Merritt stabbed in the chest

'At first, I thought throw that at him, then I thought I could spray it and soak the belt, maybe short-circuit the belt,' Crilly said.

Urgent review of terrorists released from prison following London Bridge attack

  Urgent review of terrorists released from prison following London Bridge attack The review comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that scrapping early release from prison would have stopped Usman Khan.The 28-year-old convicted terrorist stabbed to death 25-year-old Jack Merritt and a woman in the knife rampage on Friday afternoon, leaving three other people injured.

A HERO who tackled the London Bridge terrorist with a fire extinguisher has revealed his John Crilly, 48, chased Usman Khan after seeing his mentor and friend murdered Dramatic video showed John on the bridge spraying Khan with the extinguisher while another man tackled the fiend with a

A convicted murderer was among members of the public who tackled the London Bridge terrorist after his deadly knife attack, it has been revealed . Witnesses described how the chef had grabbed the five-foot narwhal tusk from the wall of Fishmongers' Hall and was stabbed in the hand as he tried

'I started spraying him and it seemed to do the job. I was spraying it in his eyes. He was all covered in foam and then he came bursting through it again with the knives.'

After following him to the bridge, Crilly kept spraying him with the fire extinguisher. Describing the effect of his efforts, he added: 'He [Khan] can't see and that gives the whale guy a chance to give him a poke.'

Khan was shot dead by police after stabbing two people, including Jack Merritt who had helped to rehabilitate Crilly after his release from prison.

Crilly previously wrote that Mr Merritt was 'the best guy I ever met', adding: '[Jack] was killed by a s***house of a pathetic rubber dingy rapids type terrorist.'

The quote is a reference to the 2010 film Four Lions, which mocks Islamist recruits who say life is like being in the queue at Alton Towers.

Bad to the bone: Hero kitchen worker called Luckasz grabbed a narwhal tusk off the wall at Fishmongers Hall and used it to tackle London Bridge terrorist

  Bad to the bone: Hero kitchen worker called Luckasz grabbed a narwhal tusk off the wall at Fishmongers Hall and used it to tackle London Bridge terrorist The kitchen worker, who has been identified only as Luckasz, tried to pin knifeman Usman Khan, 28, to the ground using the tusk as the attacker slashed at his hand.The hero who grabbed a narwhal tusk to fight off the London Bridge attacker has been identified as a kitchen worker at Fishmongers' Hall.

THE man who tackled London Bridge attacker Usman Khan with a fire extinguisher is himself a convicted killer , currently on parole. Footage emerged in the aftermath of the terrorist attack of Crilly and a number of others attempting to subdue Khan after he fatally wounded Jack Merritt and

In footage that has since emerged, Khan is sprayed with a fire extinguisher , while another man tries to suppress the assailant with a narwhal He added: “ In the US there is a phenomenon ‘ suicide by cop’ He had been driving northbound on London Bridge with his colleague Stevie when they saw

Mr Crilly added: 'Jack actually tried helping this guy! To educate him. As he educated me.

'Jack came all the way from Cambridge to be at my graduation... How proud am I to be called Jack Merritt's friend.'

Mr Merritt and 23-year-old Saskia Jones were attacked by Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers' Hall last Friday, where Crilly was also present.

The pair were course co-ordinators on the Learning Together programme, which is aimed at bringing offenders and people in higher education together to 'study alongside each other'.

a man looking at the camera: Crilly, a former heroin addict and career criminal, was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after a pensioner was killed by his accomplice in a botched burglary © Provided by Daily Mail Crilly, a former heroin addict and career criminal, was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after a pensioner was killed by his accomplice in a botched burglary

Crilly was originally found guilty of murdering and robbing 71-year-old Nigerian businessman Augustine Maduemezia in Manchester on February 8, 2005.

Urgent review of terrorists released from prison following London Bridge attack

  Urgent review of terrorists released from prison following London Bridge attack Usman Khan was freed halfway through a 16-year jail term before carrying out the atrocity.The 28-year-old convicted terrorist stabbed to death 25-year-old Jack Merritt and a woman in the knife rampage on Friday afternoon, leaving three other people injured.

Hero John, who has turned his life around following a heroin addiction and jail term, took on Khan after he had knifed his Now, Mancunian John has revealed the harrowing details of how he took on Khan in the corridor of the Fishmongers' Hall, attempting to subdue the maniac with a fire extinguisher .

The man who fought the London Bridge attacker with a fire extinguisher has been named as a convicted He said a Polish kitchen porter named as Lukasz charged Khan with a pole and fought in London Bridge fire extinguisher ‘hero’ named as convicted killer . 1/2. John Crilly with Jack

Crilly, a former heroin addict, was initially jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years in December 2005.

He spent 13 years in prison until his murder conviction was quashed following a Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise law.

In April 2018 Crilly pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and was re-sentenced to 18 years in prison.

He was told he would serve half of the sentence in prison, but having done time since 2005 he had already completed the nine years required and was released on license.

The Supreme Court ruled that the law on joint enterprise, where defendants are prosecuted for murder even if they did not strike the fatal blow, had been misinterpreted.

One of Crilly's friends, Michelle Feather, wrote on Facebook: 'I honestly think your friend would be proud of you John Crilly for your actions, so many people could have died if it wasn't for your quick thinking!! Be proud of yourself.

'You're a brave man John massive hugs to you!! Would have you by my side any day you deserve a medal.'

Khan was a convicted terrorist who had been a member of an al Qaida-inspired group that plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange.

London Bridge Attack Triggers Urgent Review Of Terrorists Released From Prison

  London Bridge Attack Triggers Urgent Review Of Terrorists Released From Prison A terror attack at London Bridge which killed two people has sparked an urgent review of terrorists released from prison, after it was revealed the attacker had been freed halfway through a 16-year jail sentence. Convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, stabbed to death 25-year-old Jack Merritt and a woman in the knife rampage on Friday afternoon, leaving three other people injured. Khan was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation hosted by Cambridge University scheme Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.

London Bridge attacker Usman Khan , 28, was killed after he stabbed two people to death in the terror attackCredit: PA:Press Association. The Pole hadn't hesitated on Friday afternoon when he heard screams coming from a room in Fishmongers' Hall - rushing to tackle the convicted terrorist .

Members of the public helped thwart London Bridge knife attacker Usman Khan with a fire Another man, whose identity appears to remain unknown, grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed its One of the men who pinned down Khan was a convicted murderer. James Ford, 42, had been

He had been living in Stafford after he was released from prison on licence in December 2018.

Khan was charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and other terrorism offences in late December 2010, along with eight others.

Woolwich Crown Court heard a hand-written target list found on a desk at one of the plotters' homes also included the names and addresses of the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London, then London mayor Boris Johnson, two rabbis, and the American Embassy in London.

The group was also linked to radical preacher Anjem Choudary by a mobile phone seized from an address of one of the plotters, which contained material relating to protests by the banned Al-Muhajiroun group he founded.

Passing sentence on February 9 2012, the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, said this was a 'serious, long-term venture in terrorism' that could also have resulted in atrocities in Britain.

He said: 'It was envisaged by them all that ultimately they and the other recruits may return to the UK as trained and experienced terrorists available to perform terrorist attacks in this country, on one possibility contemplated in the context of the return of British troops from Afghanistan.'

The trio appealed against their sentences and on April 16 2013 had their indeterminate sentences quashed by the Court of Appeal, which instead imposed determinate custodial sentences.

Review under way after Cambridge alumni confirmed as London attack victims

  Review under way after Cambridge alumni confirmed as London attack victims Cambridge University have said the two victims were former students and another injured was a member of staff.The 28-year-old, who was released halfway through his 16-year sentence, fatally stabbed 25-year-old Jack Merritt and another Cambridge alumnus who is yet to be named.

London Bridge suspect Usman Khan once planned to establish and train at a “ terrorist military training facility” on land owned by his family in He has been identified as Usman Khan , a 28-year-old man who was jailed for terrorism offences in 2012 after pleading guilty to involvement in the 2010

The fire extinguisher hero who doused London Bridge attacker Usman Khan is a killer on parole who was friends with the terrorist 's victim Jack Merritt. Mr Merritt, 25, who was murdered at Fishmongers' Hall last Friday, would have been immensely proud of John Crilly, his friends and family

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Khan killed two and injured three others before he was shot dead by police on Friday. He had been wearing a mock suicide vest © Provided by Daily Mail Khan killed two and injured three others before he was shot dead by police on Friday. He had been wearing a mock suicide vest a close up of text on a white background: Usman Khan holding a placard while joining other Islamic extremists on the streets of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent in January 2010 © Provided by Daily Mail Usman Khan holding a placard while joining other Islamic extremists on the streets of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent in January 2010

Why was Usman Khan freed from jail? How terrorist was released after serving eight years for plotting to blow up the Stock Exchange

When was Khan jailed and for how long?

Khan was given an open-ended jail term – known as an 'imprisonment for public protection', or IPP – in January 2012 at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of 'engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism'. The sentencing judge Mr Justice Wilkie specified a minimum custodial term of eight years. But to secure his freedom, Khan would have to convince the Parole Board that he no longer posed a risk.

What happened then?

In an appeal in March 2013, Khan's lawyers won their case – and he was given a term with a definitive end point. The need for Khan's release to be approved by the Parole Board was also dropped. Appeal judges imposed an extended sentence of 21 years which comprised a custodial element of 16 years and a five-year 'extension period'. The 16-year custodial element meant he was eligible for release at the halfway point – eight years.

Why is only half of a sentence served?

It has been a convention since the 1960s that half of a term is served in prisons. The rest of a sentence is served 'on licence', when an offender can be quickly sent back to jail if they fail to behave.

Second former Cambridge University student killed at London Bridge named

  Second former Cambridge University student killed at London Bridge named Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both killed in the attack on Friday.The 23-year-old’s family paid tribute to a “funny, kind, positive influence” in a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, confirming she and fellow Cambridge alumni 25-year-old Jack Merritt were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

London Bridge attacker Usman Khan , 28, was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offencesCredit: PA:Press Association. Terrorist Usman Khan wore a fake suicide belt as he attacked innocent people at London Bridge . Questions have now emerged around how the terrorist - who was

He grabbed a Narwhal tusk off the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall and ran at the alleged terrorist .

When was Khan finally freed?

The Parole Board was quick to point out after Friday's attack that Khan's release was not referred to them - he was automatically released at the halfway point. He remained on 'extended licence' and had to report to police and probation officers, wear a GPS electronic tag and fulfil other requirements.

How did laws passed by a former Labour government affect the Court of Appeal's options?

PM Boris Johnson has said Khan had to be 'automatically released half-way through' because of changes Labour made in 2008 to Extended Sentences for Public Protection or EPPs. This is correct.

Until 2008, anyone on an EPP had to have their release approved by the Parole Board. If they were refused, the board could keep them in jail up to the end of their custodial period, which in Khan's case was 16 years.

But in mid-2008, Labour made release automatic halfway through.However, the Court of Appeal could potentially have upheld the original IPP sentence.

How can ministers toughen up the sentencing of terrorists?

Khan's atrocity has reignited debate over whether there is now a case to remove entitlement to early release for convicted terrorists.

PM Boris Johnson has already said they should be made to serve 'every day' of their terms. Some important steps have already been taken.

Extended Determinate Sentences (EDS), brought in in 2012, only allow convicted terrorists to apply for parole two-thirds through their sentence, with no automatic entitlement for release.

The Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act, which won Royal Assent in February, toughens jail terms for a range of offences and – crucially –makes it easier to keep terror suspects behind bars beyond the halfway point. It extended two types of sentence – the EDS and Sentences for Offenders of Particular Concern (SOPC) – to a number of middle-ranking terror offences.

A clearer structure could set out underlining principles such as whether early release is allowed, and whether the Parole Board or ministers should approve any release before it takes place rather than it taking place automatically.

A clearer structure would help underline how the justice system should deal with terrorists.

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London Bridge attacker's body to be buried in Pakistan .
The body of Usman Khan, who killed two people in a terrorist attack in London Bridge, has been released by the City of London coroner and has been flown to Pakistan. © Other Usman Khan was one of nine members of a terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange Officials at Islamabad International Airport confirmed to Sky News that the 28-year-old's body had been flown out from the UK on a passenger plane on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Pakistan on Friday morning.

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