Cambridge College graduate killed by a convicted terrorist at a prisoner training celebration was initially in two minds about attending, her mom has mentioned.
Saskia Jones, a 23-year-old educational who had labored with the Studying Collectively programme whereas at college, solely determined to journey to the gathering at Fishmongers’ Corridor the day earlier than the atrocity in November 2019, inquests have heard.
Her mom, Michelle Jones, instructed the jury inquests into the loss of life of her daughter and fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt that her “uncertainty” about attending lingered till the evening earlier than the occasion.
Ms Jones mentioned in her assertion, learn to the inquests at Metropolis of London’s Guildhall on Monday: “Saskia was at first uncertain (about attending), and the uncertainty persevered till the night earlier than (November 28 2019).
“Ultimately, she determined she ought to go.
“Saskia was not conscious of who can be attending the occasion.
“I requested Saskia the night earlier than and he or she nonetheless didn’t know, save for just a few workers.”
Ms Jones mentioned she additionally had “a number of conversations” together with her daughter concerning her ideas on the remedy of ex-offenders.
Ms Jones mentioned: “She (Saskia) believed there must be a distinction between terrorists and different ex-offenders.
“Her view of terror offenders was, though they need to be given risk to vary, they need to be extra intently monitored.”
The inquests beforehand heard Khan was launched as a high-risk class A offender in December 2018, having spent eight years in jail for plotting a jihadi terror camp in his mother and father’ homeland of Pakistan.
There was additionally intelligence that Khan was thought of to be an extremist gang chief whereas in jail, and had been “grooming” different inmates to help with offending upon his launch.
The inquests additionally heard Khan was planning to “return to his outdated methods” when launched into the group.
Khan, 28, and from Stafford within the West Midlands, had been enrolled on Studying Collectively programmes whereas in custody, together with a artistic writing class, and was invited to attend the Fishmongers’ Corridor occasion resulting from being perceived as a “success story”, the inquests heard.
It was throughout a break on the central London operate that Khan went into a rest room cubicle, strapped two kitchen knives to his fingers, and commenced stabbing delegates together with Ms Jones and Mr Merritt, 25.
The pair bled to loss of life, whereas three others have been injured within the assault.
Three individuals then chased Khan, who was sporting a faux suicide belt, from the constructing armed with a fireplace extinguisher and a Narwhal tusk.
Khan was then fatally shot by police on close by London Bridge.