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London Bridge terrorist sits next to victim moments before killing her

This is the chilling moment London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan is pictured on the same table as victim Saskia Jones just moments before killing her.

Cambridge University graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Ms Jones, 23, were killed by convicted terrorist Khan at a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers’ Hall on November 29, 2019.

A jury inquest into the deaths of Mr Merritt and Ms Jones began on Monday (April 12) before coroner Mark Lucraft QC at Guildhall in the City of London.

During the hearing, jurors were shown chilling CCTV footage which shows Khan sitting two seats away from Ms Jones on a table.

Jurors were told that Mr Merritt had some professional dealings with Khan, 28, before the Learning Together event in the stately hall.

Footage from shortly before midday showed Khan talking “animatedly” with Ms Jones at a table, even though they had not known each other before.

Jack Merritt in the main event room at the Fishmongers’ Hall

Around two hours later, at 1.56pm, he launched his attack in the men’s toilets at Fishmongers’ Hall.

Khan had strapped two knives on to his hands, leaving a bag containing a third blade in a cubicle and dropping a prayer book on the floor.

He came across Mr Merritt, stabbing him multiple times, causing 12 injuries including a fatal wound to the chest, the court heard.

Khan made his way to the cloakroom area, where he gestured to a member of staff “as if to be quiet”, Detective Chief Inspector Dan Brown said.

Ms Jones was stabbed once in the neck and staggered up a few steps before she collapsed, jurors heard.

Khan went on to injure Stephanie Szczotko and Isobel Rowbotham during the rampage.

London Bridge terrorist sits next to victim moments before killing her
Footage shows Usman Khan arriving at a prisoner rehabilitation event near London Bridge

He was confronted by a number of attendees with makeshift weapons, including an ornamental pike taken from the wall.

The attacker approached a member of staff, held a knife to his chest and asked him to open the door, which he did, the court was told.

The court heard there were screams and lots of confusion as people left by another exit.

Khan was pursued on to London Bridge by John Crilly, Steven Gallant and Darryn Frost at around 2.01pm, five minutes after the attack began, jurors were told.

Mr Crilly sprayed a fire extinguisher at him and Mr Frost jabbed at him with a narwhal tusk before they all tackled Khan to the ground with other members of the public.

Police had been called at 1.58pm and armed City of London Police officers arrived at 2.02pm.

Shouts could be heard that the suspect had just killed two people and a male voice called him a “scumbag”.

London Bridge terrorist sits next to victim moments before killing her
The weapons Khan used in the fatal attack

Mr Brown said Khan appeared to be wearing an improvised explosive device (IED) strapped around his midriff and people were told stand clear.

The senior officer told jurors: “There was one individual, Mr Frost, who was still holding on to Khan. He was told to move out of the way.”

Khan was then shot and Tasered by police but still appeared to present a threat as he writhed on the floor wearing the IED, Mr Brown said.

He said police discharged firearms again at 2.10pm and by 2.12pm Khan no longer showed any signs of life.

A examination of the IED later revealed it was not genuine, the court heard.

London Bridge terrorist sits next to victim moments before killing her
Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist known to police

Jurors heard that one of Khan’s knives had a crudely etched Arabic symbol for Allah on it.

A fourth knife was discovered at his home in Stafford.

Mr Brown suggested Khan put on the fake IED on the train to London.

The officer told jurors that investigators examined Khan’s digital devices, CCTV, mobile phone data and GPS he wore as an offender on licence.

London Bridge terrorist sits next to victim moments before killing her

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He said: “We are satisfied he acted completely alone in this attack.”

The inquest is due to go on for several weeks before a separate inquest into Khan’s death



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