A prison warden asked why the Fishmongers’ Hall killer was wearing such a large coat inside when he chatted with him hours before his attack.
Usman Khan stabbed and killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23 – both working on a Cambridge University prisoner rehabilitation project – during a lecture at the livery company on November 29, 2019.
Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot and killed by armed police on London Bridge 13 minutes after the attack began.
He had bought an extra-large puff-style jacket the day before to conceal the fake suicide vest around his waist.
Steve Machin, head of counterterrorism at Whitemoor Prison, where Khan was being held for terrorist offenses, was among the guests at the conference.
“I could see him wearing a Sondico base layer and he provided a story on the cold weather which made sense,” he said.
“I commented on the mantle and the story it told seemed plausible at the time.”
Lawyer Nick Armstrong, acting on behalf of Mr. Merritt’s family, asked if “good news” like the apparent reform of Usman Khan could “blunt” Mr. Machin’s security “antennas”.
But Mr Machin said: “I couldn’t live my life thinking that every encounter I have with offenders from the community or former offenders would result in a death sentence.
“I couldn’t live with this level of paranoia.”
He said it had been almost a year since Khan left prison and the things he had heard were “a continuation of the early stages of the changes I had seen”.
To be able to have his own accommodation after a stay in a probation hostel and to hear that he would not be escorted …
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This notice was published: 2021-04-29 13:46:00