The two victims of the London Bridge terror attack died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard.
University of Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones were stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during his deadly rampage last Friday.
Mr Hall was working as a co-ordinator at the prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers’ Hall where Khan launched his attack, while Ms Jones was a volunteer at the event.
At the Old Bailey on Wednesday, City of London senior coroner Alison Hewitt opened and adjourned inquests into the two victims’ deaths.
Detective Superintendent Desmond McHugh told the hearing that Ms Jones was pronounced dead at Fishmongers’ Hall at 2.25pm on Friday, while Mr Merritt died a short distance away from the hall at 3.14pm having been moved on a stretcher by police.
Pathologist Dr Fegan-Earl said both victims died from shock and haemorrhaging as a result of a stab wound to the chest.
Three other people were injured in the attack, two are said to be in a stable condition in hospital while the third has returned home.
A date for the full inquest will be fixed at a future date, the hearing was told.
Ms Hewitt will open the inquest into the death of Khan later today.
The hearings come just months after the conclusion of the Old Bailey inquests into the deaths of eight innocent people during the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.
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