An investigative jury will examine whether authorities could have done more to prevent a former terrorist prisoner from planning a knife attack, which killed two offender rehab officers.
The jury has now begun its deliberations following the investigation into the death of Saskia Jones, 23 and Jack Merritt, 25, who were fatally stabbed at a former offenders event near London Bridge in 2019.
Terrorist Usman Khan launched his attack on November 29, 2019, inside the Learning Together event at Fishmongers’ Hall, on the north side of London Bridge.
Ms Jones, a volunteer at the event, died of a neck injury.
Mr Merritt, one of the organizers, was stabbed by Khan 12 times, including a fatal injury to the chest.
In nearly two months of evidence at the Guildhall in the City of London, the jury learned that Khan had planned and carried out his murderous attack, 11 months after being released from prison.
He was jailed in 2012 for his participation in a foiled terrorist plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange, as well as plans to create a terrorist training camp.
The investigation heard of a number of occasions where information about Usman Khan was not properly shared among all interested parties.
During two days of closing remarks, Coroner Mark Lucraft told the jury that they should address three main issues.
One of the issues is how the former terrorist prisoner was handled upon his release from prison in the months leading up to the attack.
The jury will be asked to consider whether this may have caused or contributed to the deaths.
They will also need to reflect on issues relating to sharing information about Khan and organizing security measures for the event at Fishmongers’ Hall.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-27 13:39:00