The father of one of the London Bridge terror victims has known as Boris Johnson a fraud, accusing the prime minister of making political capital out of the assault.
Writing on Twitter after final night time’s tv debate between Mr Johnson and Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, David Merritt known as for an inquiry into the assault, “not a witch hunt”.
He wrote: “#LeadershipDebate factors missed (or intentionally averted by Johnson): we do not know all of the information about this case but, and we can’t know for a while – the inquest might take as much as 2 years. We do not know why Khan killed, or what, if something might have been accomplished in another way to stop it.
“Let’s have an enquiry, not a witch hunt.”
His feedback come after his son Jack, 25, died after being stabbed in the chest by Usman Khan throughout a terror assault on 29 November. Fellow University of Cambridge graduate Saskia Jones, 23, was additionally murdered.
The victims have been each concerned with a prisoner rehabilitation convention the place convicted terrorist Khan launched his assault.
In feedback shortly after the assault, David Merritt stated his son would have been “livid” at how his dying has been used to “perpetuate an agenda of hate”, amid criticism of the prime minister for politicising the tragedy.
Mr Johnson was condemned for showing accountable the incident on sentencing legal guidelines that allowed Khan to be launched midway by way of a 16-year jail time period for plotting to explode the London Stock Exchange.
Despite the criticism, Mr Johnson made comparable feedback through the Friday night debate.
He stated it was “extraordinary and wrong” that Khan had been launched midway by way of his jail sentence.
Referencing the feedback of one of the victim’s household, Mr Corbyn stated: “What occurred on the streets of London was completely appalling and I used to be very moved by what Jack Merritt’s father stated about what his son was making an attempt to do.
“That he wished a society the place you probably did handle the large issues the place someone dedicated terrible acts, of course… you have to imprison them, of course you try to rehabilitate them if you happen to can.”
David Merritt’s feedback on Twitter after the controversy confirmed his anger with the prime minister and he urged voters to help Mr Corbyn.
“Secondly, there isn’t any justification AT ALL for chopping the early launch tariff from a half to a 3rd of sentences for all sentences over four years that carry a most life sentence; that is simply making an attempt to look robust on the backs of different prisoners’ struggling; if prisoners have engaged with rehabilitation & turned their lives round, why ought to they be punished for what Khan did?
“How will maintaining them in for one more few years hold public secure in the event that they get launched then with the identical lack of supervision and help?
“The jail schooling, probation and monitoring providers have been minimize to the bone, & overcrowding in prisons is inhumane – prisoners do not win votes until politicians are promising to be robust on them – however that makes re-offending MORE doubtless, which makes the general public LESS SAFE.
“Is that what we wish?
“People are being launched from jail with nowhere to reside, given £47 & instructed to get on with it. Any guesses how individuals cope confronted with that state of affairs? No prizes. Corbyn spoke the reality final night time. Johnson lied & used our son’s dying to make political capital.
“Wake up Britain: this man is a fraud. He’s the worst of us, & he’s taking you for a experience.
“You might imagine the choices open to you on this election aren’t fully to your liking. Me neither, however I’ll be voting least worst possibility: anti-Tory.
“For all our sakes, and for the long run of the nation, please, please do the identical.”
Sky News has approached the Conservative Party for remark.