Tom Jackson

British man who tried to help backpacker stabbed in Australia dies

A 30-year-old British backpacker in Australia who was hailed as a hero after he tried to defend fellow Briton during a knife attack at a hostel has died of stab wounds in hospital.

Tom Jackson, from Congleton in Cheshire, was repeatedly stabbed in the head, face and body last Tuesday night by French national Smail Ayad, 29, after rushing to assist Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21.

The Frenchman had apparently become infatuated with her and grabbed her from her bed and repeatedly stabbed her. Miss Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, died at the scene.

  • The Religion of Peace is neither – it needs to be stricken from the face of the earth.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      ‘French national’.

    • Yes, it is a shame we are so tolerant.

    • Blacksmith

      “it needs to be stricken from the face of the earth.”
      With authority and completely.

    • Alain

      Where were the other men during this? I do not buy that he was the only man there at the time. He at least showed himself to be a man and may he rest in peace.

  • k2

    “Despite screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ … during the attack and his subsequent arrest, he is not believed to have been motivated by Islamic extremism.”

    Of course not: he was probably motivated by climate change or maybe an electrolyte imbalance. Heck, he could just as well have shouted “Hillary for President!” or “You put too much cream in my coffee yesterday – now die!” People are always so quick to blame peaceful Islam for everything.

    • Middle Englander

      That thing is ‘French’ (well, sort of) so it could have been Brexit as it seems to be responsible for everything these days.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    That Frenchman’s name is not Marcel.

    • xavier

      Time to sign up for the Krav mag courses the to the gun range

  • simus1

    The hostel manager who should have realized the danger such a deranged employee could pose to others belongs in jail.