Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

London Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest told

London Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest told

He told the court Khan was convicted of an offence contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts on October 7 2011.

The two members of the public killed in last week's terror attack at London Bridge each died due to a stab wound to the chest, a coroner was told on Wednesday (Dec 4).

"I feel, as everybody does, a huge amount of sympathy for the loss of Jack Merritt's family, and indeed for all the relatives of Jack and Saskia, who perished at London Bridge", he said.

Mr Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed by Usman Khan at a prisoner rehabilitation event on Friday. I am now coming to terms with the whole traumatic incident and would like the space to do this in privacy, with the support of my family. Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Commodore Toby Williamson, CEO of Fishmongers' Hall said Mr Koczocik pulled a long stick off the wall, charging towards Usman, buying much needed time to allow others to escape to adjacent rooms.

Khan was attending an event at the hall and had returned for the afternoon session when he started stabbing people.

In the article published in the Guardian on Tuesday, Jack's father David Merritt paid tribute to his son, who worked for a programme that links university students and prisoners.

"When the attack happened, I acted instinctively".

If the most recent terrorist attack in London had been an episode in a satirical novel, it would have been dismissed as too crude or absurd to be plausible.


He was launched in January 2018 after serving half his sentence of 13 years and eight months, with greater than a yr on remand, however was recalled in November that yr for breaching the phrases of his licence, The Instances reported.

The extremist, 28, had been freed halfway through a 16-year jail sentence after he was convicted in February 2012 of being part of an al-Qaeda inspired group plotting attacks on the London Stock Exchange.

Mr Hackett said he had had no reason to be suspicious of Khan, who "didn't do anything to make himself look strange" and would occasionally acknowledge him at the front door.

Ms O'Brien was seen breaking down in tears as she and Mr Merritt's family gathered at a vigil in Cambridge on Monday to remember the victims.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of "trying to exploit" the attack "for political gain".

Suddenly, Khan, wielding a knife and wearing an imitation suicide vest, went on a rampage, killing a graduate of the institute who helped run the conference and a volunteer worker, as well as injuring three people.

Mr Johnson denied claims he was politicising the attack, saying he had campaigned against early release for some time, having previously raised the issue during his 2012 campaign to be mayor of London.

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