A London Bridge survivor who was stabbed twice in the neck has shared a photo of himself enjoying a pint near the scene of the attack today, while vowing that ‘the bad guys won’t stop us enjoying life’.
Journalist Geoff Ho was attacked in a ‘murderous rage’ by lead terrorist Khuram Butt, 27, on June 3, 2017 after he pleaded ‘you don’t have to do this’.
Butt, 27, stabbed Mr Ho twice with a 12-inch knife and tried to twist the blade to finish him off in Borough Market’s Black and Blue restaurant.
He wiped the bloody knife clean on his beard, an inquest heard.
Mr Ho gave evidence at the Old Bailey today and afterwards posted a photo of himself enjoying a drink in Borough Market.
Journalist and London Bridge survivor Geoff Ho enjoying a pint in a pub in Borough Market today, where the atrocity took place
The journalist earlier described how Isis killer Butt, wearing an Arsenal football shirt, had marched in ‘like an animal’ and ordered drinkers and staff to ‘lie on the f**king floor’.
Mr Ho, City editor of The Sunday Express, had been watching the
The victim mistook the extremists’ fake suicide bomb vests for real explosive devices and feared they may detonate and kill everyone inside.
Giving evidence at the Old Bailey today, Mr Ho recalled seeing the terrorists approaching the restaurant making ‘slow, deliberate, predatory movements’.
‘It’s like they were stalking someone,’ he said.
A waitress had locked the glass doors to the venue, but the terrorists kicked it until it came off the hinges and squeezed inside.
Journalist Geoff Ho, 41 arriving at the Old Bailey in London
Mr Ho said Butt screamed ‘lie down on the f**king floor’ as the three killers moved ‘as a pack’ towards victims.
As Butt approached him, he said: ‘No, you don’t have to do this.’
‘I started walking backwards and to the side and he came towards me again,’ said Mr Ho.
‘I thought if I rush him he may detonate and kill us all, if I talk to him maybe he will go away.
‘I knew if I lie down on the floor on my back or my front I would be dead.
‘I knew that if I lay down I can’t defend myself and if they hit something – yeah.
‘He was like an animal. He just wanted to kill people.
‘It was rage, the eyes were full of rage, just murderous rage.
‘He spat his words out forcefully, with venom.
‘I said ”no, you don’t have to do this”.
‘He lunged at me. At this point it gets a little fuzzy, but I remember getting to my knees.’
Horrifying CCTV footage shows Butt repeatedly stabbing Mr Ho in the neck after the victim gets down on to his knees.
‘He hit my neck and then he hit it again and tried twisting it,’ said Mr Ho.
‘And then I remember the blood.
‘Then he came at me again and tried to stab me in the stomach and I remember moving my stomach out of the way and he only got a scratch on me.’
Pictured: Victims of the attack journalist Geoff Ho and Australian Candice Hedge, who was working at Elliot’s Cafe in Borough Market at the time
Pictured left: Journalist Geoff Ho arriving at the Old Bailey. Right: With fiancee Cecile De Alenca arriving at the Old Bailey
As Mr Ho lay on the floor wounded, Butt went behind the bar in the restaurant and washed his bloodied knife under a water tap.
In what was described as ‘a chilling gesture’, he then wiped the blade dry on his beard and ordered his fellow extremists to move on.
Waitress Candice Hedge had crouched down in a booth inches away from one of the terrorists after he stormed into Elliot’s.
Khuram Butt, 27, stabbed Geoff Ho twice with a 12-inch knife
She had taken cover after seeing crowds fleeing the Isis killers, who were ‘darting’ and ‘sneaking’ around with 12-inch ceramic knives outside.
After warning customers they were in danger, Ms Hedge spotted the extremists’ fake suicide vests and rushed downstairs and ducked down in a seating booth to hide.
The Australian remained out of sight as one of the fanatics prowled through the restaurant hunting for victims and stopped right next to her.
But as he turned to leave the venue, he spotted her and ‘immediately’ plunged his blade into her neck, the Old Bailey heard.
Recalling the attack, Ms Hedges said: ‘People started surging into the restaurant.
‘I was told someone was at the front with a knife.
‘I went to the seating area at the back to explain to customers.
Waitress Candice Hedge was crouched down in a booth inches away from one of the terrorists after he stormed into Elliot’s
‘I turned around to see what was happening at the front. That’s when I noticed someone coming into the restaurant.
‘I was at the end of the bar inside the restaurant.
‘Once I realised they were coming into the restaurant I noticed the vests.
‘I can’t really recall much I just remember seeing some sort of wires.
Pictured: Candice Hedge leaves the Old Bailey
‘I thought it was an explosive vest.
‘I had hidden downstairs.’
Ms Hedge said one of the terrorists prowled through the restaurant area and stopped a foot away from her.
‘I couldn’t see the one that was beside me,’ she said.
‘They were shouting, I can’t remember the exact words, but something along the lines of they weren’t happy with the way we were living our lives.
‘The one that was next to me turned around and then he saw me.
‘He immediately came down with his knife.
‘I didn’t feel pain immediately.’
The knife came within millimetres of Ms Hedge’s artery and vocal cords, leaving her gushing blood.
She was left for dead by the terrorist, who appeared to think he had dealt her a fatal blow.
Ms Hedge, who still works at Elliot’s, managed to flee and stemmed the flow of blood with a napkin from the restaurant before she was treated by paramedics.
Mr Ho picked himself up from the floor after they moved away and hid in a staff area. He stemmed the bleeding from his wounds with a pair of jeans and dialled 999 (pictured: Mr Ho and fiancee Cecile De Alenca)
Mr Ho, who has since recovered, picked himself up from the floor after they moved away and hid in a staff area.
He stemmed the bleeding from his wounds with a pair of jeans and dialled 999, telling police the terrorists had knives and explosive vests.
The victims were later escorted to safety by armed police and heard Butt, Redouane and Zaghba being shot dead by police, who believed that their bogus bomb vests were real.
By then they had murdered Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Sébastien Belanger, 36, Kirsty Boden, 28, James McMullan, 32, Sara Zelenak, 21, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, and Ignacio Echeverría, 39.
The inquest continues.