A former lag who used a fire extinguisher to take on London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan is a killer on parole.
John Crilly, 48, bravely took on the 28-year-old maniac after the scumbag knifed his pal and prison rehab mentor Jack Merritt in the chest.
Chasing down Khan last Friday, John sprayed him as another man tackled Khan with a narwhal tusk and another knocked him down onto the ground.
Following the attack, John paid tribute to his friend Jack and called him “the best guy I ever met”.
John's associates hailed the former con’s actions after it was widely shared on social media.
Michelle Feather said: “I honestly think your friend would be proud of you John Crilly for your actions, so many people could have died if it wasn’t for your quick timing. Be proud of yourself man.
“Would have you by my side any day – you deserve a medal.”
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John, who was released from a life sentence last year, earned an Open University law degree while in jail and had Jack by his side at his graduation ceremony in September.
He and Jack were at a Learning Together prisoner rehab conference in Fishmonger’s Hall at the north end of London Bridge when the attack happened.
The former prisoner was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years back in 2005 after he was convicted of robbery and the murder of a 71-year-old man.
It was another man who killed the pensioner at a council flat in Manchester while Crilly stole a mobile phone and blender.
But, his conviction was quashed by the court of appeal and he was released after 13 years after he admitted manslaughter.
Career criminal and former heroin addict John blamed drugs for his “hundreds” of convictions that led to him being in and out of prison.
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John served four years at HMP Grandam, which is the only therapeutic jail in the UK. He even invited Sit Brian Leveson, the judge who sentenced him.
The Manchester-born hero said on his Facebook page that he moved to Cambridge to be near Jack.
Another ex convict-turned hero was James Ford, 42, who murdered disabled Amanda Champion, 21, in 2004 when he stepped in to save a woman when Khan was on his rampage.
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