"Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those who sadly lost their lives and all those who have been impacted,'' he said. Usman Khan stabbed two people to death and injured three others on Nov. 29 before being shot and killed by police on the bridge. Khan had been attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation when he attacked Cambridge University graduates Saskia Jones, 23 and Jack Merritt, 25.
As the injured recovered, some of those who subdued him began to speak out. John Crilly, a former prisoner who used a fire extinguisher to corner Khan together with other bystanders, lamented Merritt's death in a Facebook post, describing him as the “the best guy I ever met."
"(Jack) was killed by a ... a pathetic rubber dingy rapids type terrorist,'' Crilly wrote. “Jack actually tried helping this guy! To educate him. As he educated me.'' Crilly's conviction in the slaying of 71-year-old Augustine Maduemezia, was quashed by the Supreme Court last year. The court ruled that the joint enterprise law — in which defendants were prosecuted for murder even if they did not strike the fatal blow — had been misinterpreted.
The 48-year-old studied for an Open University law degree while in prison and graduated this year. "I had a bad life, I've changed it, I wasn't guilty of murder,'' Crilly said after his release. “I totally accept what I did and it was wrong.''