Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to death.

Thomas Jackson was injured when he tried to help Mia Ayliffe-Chung

A “selfless” backpacker who was injured trying to save another traveller as she was stabbed to death in Australia has died, police in Queensland have said.

Thomas Jackson, 30, of Congleton, Cheshire, was injured as he tried to help Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, in the attack at a hostel last week. 

Frenchman Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with murdering Ms Ayliffe-Chung and attempting to murder Mr Jackson.

Police said this charge would be changed to murder.

Mr Jackson’s father Les said: “We are bereft. Our darling Tom has left us and the world is a poorer place.

“There is dark and evil in this world perpetrated by a few, but so much more love and light emanates from so many more. That thought will sustain us over the coming days.”

The backpacker suffered head injuries as he went to the aid of Ms Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire. Police described his actions as “selfless”.

A spokesman for Queensland Police said Mr Jackson died in the Townsville Hospital.

Investigations are continuing, but detectives will upgrade the charge to murder when Mr Ayad next appears at Townsville Magistrates’ Court on October 28, he added.

Mr Ayad is alleged to have stabbed Ms Ayliffe-Chung and to have caused the injuries which led to Mr Jackson’s death at the Shelley’s Backpackers accommodation in Home Hill on 23 August, at about 23:15 local time.

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