Man accused of killing British woman had ‘threatened to massacre backpackers in Queensland hostel for weeks’

The French backpacker accused of killing a young British woman before embarking on a frenzied knife attack through a hostel had allegedly been threatening to ‘massacre’ his fellow backpackers for weeks – but they thought he was joking.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal Smail Ayad was allegedly acting strangely for two weeks before the attack, and his ramblings led the other backpackers to give him more space.

It has been claimed his behaviour changed when Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, arrived and he became infatuated with her, but Daily Mail Australia understands he had ‘not been himself’ for days before that.

Not himself? Possessed by a Djinn maybe?

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Unbelievable this killer should be stone in a public place in Saudi Arabia , just apply his Sharia law just for him.

  • simus1

    Hostel operations tend to be on the lefty, loosy goosy

    • Alain

      True, but I have known a lot of people who used them only because they were much cheaper than hotels. In this sad case however, it was not cheap for the young woman.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I’m a quarter French and this guy was not.