Briton who tried to save stabbed backpacker dies from his injuries


A British man who was critically injured as he tried to save a fellow backpacker as she was stabbed in a knife attack in Australia has died, police said.

Thomas Jackson, 30, went to the aid of Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, as she was repeatedly knifed at Home Hill last week.

A spokesman for Queensland Police said: "Police can confirm 30-year-old British man Thomas Jackson, critically injured in an alleged knife attack at Home Hill on August 23, has today passed away in the Townsville Hospital."

The spokesman said investigations are continuing, but detectives will upgrade a charge of attempted murder against a 29-year-old man when he next appears at Townsville Magistrates' Court on October 28.

He added: "The family of Thomas have told us that while they appreciate the support, they don't wish to speak to the media."

Smail Ayad, 29, is alleged to have stabbed Ayliffe-Chung and to have caused the injuries which led to Jackson's death at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in Home Hill, as well as harming 12 police officers.

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Thomas Jackson suffered critical head injuries as he went to the aid of his fellow backpacker (YouCaring/PA)

Police previously said that they were investigating whether Ayad had an "obsession" with Ayliffe-Chung.

Jackson suffered critical head injuries as he went to her aid and police described his actions as "selfless".

A fundraising page was set up for "hero" Jackson who was "attacked while selflessly trying to save a woman from being killed".

Mia Ayliffe-Chung with her cat leo
21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung with her cat Leo (Mykah Powell/PA)

The Youcaring page has raised more than £1,300 of a £5,000 goal to support Jackson's family.

A tribute from his father Les Jackson was quoted on the site which read: "We are bereft. Our darling Tom has left us and the world is a poorer place. Thanks again to everyone for the love and support you have given us over the last few days, we will be forever grateful.

"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."