One of many London Bridge terrorists “looked evil” and was smiling as he stabbed to demise a French waiter on the restaurant the place he labored, the inquest has heard.
Alexandre Pigeard, 36, was attacked exterior the Boro Bistro restaurant as three extremists marauded via London Bridge and Borough Market stabbing individuals at random.
One of many restaurant prospects, Andzelika Abokaityte, stated as we speak that she noticed Mr Pigeard being stabbed within the abdomen from behind by one of many attackers.
She had been at Boro Bistro for a good friend’s birthday celebrations, and heard the terrorists’ van crash into railings above, which prompted particles to fall into the courtyard they have been in.
“I used to be sitting with my good friend, I used to be asking if he was OK, after which we heard individuals screaming from throughout,” she instructed the listening to.
“Shortly afterwards, I used to be wanting round and I may see a person holding our waiter.
“He seemed evil and he was smiling.
“He was holding the waiter and he was stabbing him from behind a few occasions.”
Dimitri Gabriel, one other waiter on the restaurant, stated he noticed Mr Pigeard heading up in the direction of the bridge after they heard the preliminary sound of the van crashing.
“The last words he said to me were ‘let’s go up and see what’s happening. Maybe there’s an accident on the bridge’”, he stated.
Mr Gabriel stated he turned again to assist colleagues, however Mr Pigeard continued up to an archway the place he is first believed to have been stabbed within the neck.
Eyewitnesses have instructed the inquest they noticed the Frenchman walked round holding his neck earlier than he was stabbed once more in entrance of Ms Abokaityte.
She instructed the inquest she noticed one of many terrorists attacking a second individual by “slicing his neck”, and she or he and a good friend then turned to flee.
“As he was stabbing, the attacker was looking around as if to find the next person to stab”, she stated.
“I remember thinking I was going to die.”
She described to the inquest how she fled with a good friend via the restaurant’s emergency exit, and operating previous a lady who appeared to be mendacity lifeless on the bottom.
Extremists Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, killed eight individuals and left 48 injured within the assault on June 3, 2017.
They ran over pedestrians at random with a rented white van on London, then went on the rampage with knives tethered to their wrists.
Xavier Thomas, 45, Chrissy Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, all died alongside Mr Pigeard.
The assault ended when the terrorists have been shot lifeless by police.
The inquest into the deaths of the victims continues.