MI5 had intelligence that the Fishmongers’ Corridor killer might be planning an assault after his launch from jail and didn’t share it, the households of his victims have advised a listening to.
Usman Khan stabbed and killed Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, two Cambridge College graduates engaged on a jail rehabilitation scheme throughout a convention at Fishmongers’ Corridor in London in November 2019.
Khan, who had been launched from jail a 12 months earlier and was nonetheless on licence, was sporting a faux suicide belt and was shot dead by police on London Bridge.
A full inquest, resulting from begin on April 12, will look at how the tragedy occurred, and if it may have been stopped.
On Friday, coroner Mark Lucraft QC heard arguments from the victims’ households for particular person MI5 officers to present proof.
Nick Armstrong, for the Merritt household, argued MI5 must current the officers who made the choice to not move on the data as witnesses.
“We are not looking for an overarching narrative, we would like the info, the detailed info,” he advised a listening to.
“That is in regards to the stage of threat Mr Khan represented, what was unknown in regards to the threat and the selections that had been taken, to permit him to go to the Fishmongers’ Corridor.
“The truth that he was in a excessive threat, class A, shortly earlier than his launch is important. He spent a lot of his detention in particular models after which went straight out into the neighborhood with out correct scrutiny.”
Reviews confirmed there have been considerations that Khan held extremist views after he was jailed in 2016 and in 2017 and that he acted as a “recruiter” inside jail.
Khan had been concerned within the radicalising of prisoners, had taken a senior position, and was encouraging violence in prisons, the pre-inquest listening to was advised.
He was stated to have had an absence of goal, feeling of injustice, boredom and was feeling misplaced, “all issues, you might suppose had been current in November 2019” when he launched his assault, Mr Armstrong stated.
MI5 had reopened their investigation into Khan shortly earlier than he was launched from custody, the listening to was advised.
“MI5 had intelligence shortly earlier than launch that he was planning a post-release assault. That could be a matter of clearly nice significance,” Mr Armstrong stated.
It brought on an “improve” in his categorisation from P4 to P3, the listening to was advised.
“I assume, however do not know that the intelligence for that call would be the topic of a public curiosity immunity software”, to dam it from launch, Mr Armstrong stated.
MI5 additionally had info that Khan was contemplating relocating to Pakistan and giving up British nationality, seemed into it and located it was a problem in 2019.
Two weeks earlier than the assault, police visited him in his flat and that “appears to have upset him”, Mr Armstrong stated.
“If it had that occurred earlier due to info shared earlier, may it have made a distinction?”
Mr Armstrong stated the query needed to be requested why Khan was allowed to go to the Fishmongers’ Corridor, a London landmark, when it “chimed” along with his authentic involvement in a plot to assault the London Inventory Change.
“The purpose of all that is that it is going to be stated that severe individuals had been him very severely,” Mr Armstrong stated.
The probation service was already sceptical of what he was saying to them and “even a touch that he posed any threat might have made a distinction”, the barrister stated.