An inquest has decided that the convicted terrorist Usman Khan was legally killed, now I don’t know about you but I’m wondering why they had to have an inquest at vast expense no doubt to find something I could have told you for nothing.

Khan had been released from prison 11 months before the killings and was said to have been mixing with high-profile terrorists when inside, however he was automatically released on licence with the Parole Board having no say as to whether he was safe to release.

After he was released he was assessed as being more dangerous than when he went in and he was seen as an imminent danger of him causing serious harm to the public.

Usman Khan went to a meeting at the Fishmongers Hall for a prisoner rehabilitation conference and whilst there taped two large knives to his hands and started to attack people at the meeting resulting in many injured and the death of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones.

He fled the building and was chased on to London Bridge by three brave men who were attempting to detain him until the Police arrived even though he was wearing a suicide vest which turned out later to be a fake.

When the first team of Police from City of London police arrived they tried to take control of Khan but he told one of them that he had a bomb which left the Police no option but to shoot him dead.

Now to sum up in layman’s terms, a terrorist nutter known to be dangerous tapes two large knives to his hands and runs amok in a meeting hall, injuring many and killing two innocent people, the Police arrive and see he is wearing a suicide vest and shoot him dead before he has time to detonate the bomb.

There are two things I find quite extraordinary about this story, firstly he was released from prison when it was known that he was more dangerous than when he went in and secondly why they needed to waste money having an inquiry into whether he was legally killed.

I have to say that I think shooting him to death before he blows everyone to pieces seems an eminently sensible course of action under the circumstances.

 Armed police surround the terror suspect on London Bridge


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. SueW says:

    Well said, Joe.

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