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British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung , 21yrs, stabbed to death Home Hill, Nth Qld

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Dozens watched woman stabbed to death, man attacked at north Queensland hostel: police

    24thAugust 2016

    More than 30 people witnessed a double-stabbing at a north Queensland backpackers hostel which left one woman dead and another fighting for his life in hospital, police say.

    Police were called to Shelley's Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after receiving reports of a knife attack at about 11:15pm on Tuesday.

    They arrived to find a woman, a British national, dead, and a man, a 30-year-old British national, with serious knife wounds.

    He was taken to Townsville Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

    Another man, a 29-year-old French national, has been taken into police custody.

    He received an injury to one of his arms.

    Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder told a press conference more than30 people witnessed the incident.

    "As we understand it at the moment, the French gentleman, the person who's helping us, has attacked the two British nationals," Det Supt Rohweder said.

    "We don't have any motive at this stage. We're taking a number of statements in relation to what exactly was said on the evening."

    Dep Supt Rohweder said the first responding officers were confronted by a terrible scene.

    "But both officers in my book acted tremendously and ensured the safety of other persons at the venue," he said.

    Police have taken possession of a knife believed to be the weapon used in the attack.

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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Home Hill 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing: Police investigate possible extremism link

    August 24 2016 - 5:09PM

    Tributes have begun flowing in for the British backpacker slain in a frenzied stabbing in north Queensland.

    Friends have described Mia Ayliffe-Chung as an infectiously happy, young girl as news of her death in Home Hill, a rural town about 75km south-east of Townsville, spreads to her former home on the Gold Coast.

    The 21-year-old arrived in Australia about a year ago on a working holiday. She had been working as a waitress at Gold Coast nightclubs before making her way north for the backpacker rite-of-passage on the harvest trail.

    She completed her first day on a sugarcane farm on August 17 and began sharing photos of her experience on social media.

    Federal police have been brought in to help investigate whether the fatal stabbing was linked to extremism after the alleged attacker reportedly used the phrase "Allahu Akbar".

    Earlier, Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said he was not ruling out any motivations at this stage and police would also investigate whether drug or mental health issues played a role.

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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Frenchman shouted “Allahu Akbar” during fatal Home Hill stabbing

    August 24, 2016 4:11pm

    UPDATE 3.34PM: A VIDEO posted on social media just days before a British backpacker was fatally stabbed to death at a Home Hill hostel shows a young woman with dirt smeared across her forehead, singing to loud music as she drives through harvested cane fields.

    A huge smile is plastered across her weary but happy face.

    British national Mia Ayliffe Chung, 21, could have been any adventure-loving traveller, enjoying a working holiday in Australia.

    But the young traveller died after she was repeatedly stabbed by a 29-year-old French man yelling “Allahu Akbar” about 11.15pm at Home Hill Backpackers on Ninth St in Home Hill on Tuesday night.

    A 30-year-old man, also a British national, was critically injured and a 46-year-old local man was also wounded.

    Bizarrely, a dog was also fatally stabbed by the French man.

    The frenzied attack was in stark contrast to Ms Chung’s previous days working in the Burdekin.

    Seemingly carefree, the young backpacker posted about close encounters with North Queensland’s creepy crawlies, the hot sun and shared photographs of her grease-covered jeans after long days of farm work.

    Her Facebook profile says she has studied psychology and childcare in the UK and she normally resides on the Gold Coast.

    But she has called Home Hill home for at least a week, posting regular updates since arriving.

    “Day one, done! Only 87 left to do. Today we were in sugar canes. Feeling like a little Jamaican again. Saw about 5 small spiders, 4 poisonous toads and 3 geckos. Not too shabby of a day,” she wrote on August 19.

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Was this a terrorist attack, Marly? We might want to move the thread to the terrorism area.

    What a nightmare! At a hostel, no less! :eek:
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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Kimster at this stage police are saying there's no evidence that it was terrorist related. But these days police across the world say exactly that whenever there's a murderer shouting " allahu akbar". Earlier this month there was a knife attack in London. An American woman was murdered, five others injured and police were quick to say "not terrorist related, triggered by mental health issues".

    That's all well and good but how many times in past decade or so has there been attacks in which the killers have shouted "allahu akbar" and they've not been terrorist related!
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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    August 24, 2016 6:50am [​IMG]

    THE Australian former boyfriend of the British backpacker stabbed to death in Queensland says he is “truly devastated” by her death.

    Northern Beaches photographer Jamison Stead met Mia Ayliffe-Chung — who was killed after the stabbing frenzy in Home Hill, south of Townsville, yesterday — on the Gold Coast in April.

    In a statement released today, he said she had fallen in love with Australia.

    “Mia was a beautiful soul who was always looking out for people,” he said.

    “Mia was a girl who lived life as spontaneously as possible. She had a passion for life and it was contagious if you knew her.

    “I can’t quite get my head around what’s happened. (I’m) truly devastated, more just disbelief that this has happened. It’s something you hear about but never think that it would happen to someone you were close to.”

    Mr Stead said he last saw the bubbly waitress the night before she left the Gold Coast, on August 16.

    The 21-year-old had planned to spend three months working on a sugar cane farm near Townsville in order to facilitate the extension of her working holiday visa.

    She had been there just more than a week when she was killed.

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  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Backpacker tells of lucky escape from armed assailant via window

    August 25, 2016 12:00am

    A YOUNG Gold Coast hospitality worker made a frantic leap for his life out a second-storey window during a frenzied fatal stabbing at a north Queensland backpackers on Tuesday night.

    Chris Porter, a Surfers Paradise chef at Ultra Lounge, awoke on the top bunk above the bed of friend Mia Ayliffe-Chung who was being stabbed repeatedly.

    Police will allege the attack was carried out by a fellow room mate.

    Mr Porter, lucky to escape with two fractured ankles, was too distraught to speak about the incident last night, but his older brother Aaron revealed chilling details of what allegedly happened in the hostel dorm room.

    After the fatal attack on Miss Ayliffe-Chung, the man with the knife allegedly started stabbing a fourth room-mate in the face and torso – he was critically injured in hospital last night.

    The knifeman then turned his attention on 21-year-old Chris Porter who is believed to have fractured both heels as he leapt from the second floor of the Shelley’s Backpacker’s in Home Hill south of Townsville.

    Aaron, who was with his sibling at Ayr Hospital last night, said the alleged knifeman continued to pursue his younger brother, chasing him down the road with the knife.

    “I think he has fractured both his heels – he was on the second storey and had to jump out the window. The guy has chased him down the road with the knife,” Aaron said. “He’s had to wave down a car and this guy was trying to smash the car window.”

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  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Man, 29, charged over Home Hill hostel attack

    August 25, 2016 4:25pm

    UPDATE: A 29-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences following a brutal rampage at Home Hill on Tuesday night.

    French national Smail Ayad has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault.

    He was remanded in custody following the death of 21-year-old British woman Mia Ayliffe Chung.

    His other alleged victim, a 30-year-old British man, has been taken to Townsville Hospital with critical head injuries.

    A 46-year-old local man also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    It has also been alleged that as the man was being transported from the hospital to the police watchhouse he assaulted two officers and “violently” resisted arrest. It is understood that police used taser and capsicum spray to subdue the man.

    Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said he wanted to reaffirm that there “has been no indication whatsoever” that any radicalisation existed in relation to the attack at the hostel.

    He said Ayad declined to be interviewed by police.

    He said he would appear via video link tomorrow morning in Townsville Magistrates Court.

    “There are a number of concerns in relation to both officer and public safety, so in consultation with the defendant’s legal advisors we’ve agreed that’d video link would be the best possible way to take the matter forward,” he said.

    “In relation to his behavior over the last couple of days, it is certainly important that we keep that in mind and ensure everyone is safe.”

    Supt Rohweder said he remained at the Townsville watch house and his “demeanor remains unchanged”.

    Supt Rohweder said police would test the accused murderer for a “broad stream of drugs”.

    Police said Mr Jackson — who was stabbed repeatedly while trying to protect Ms Ayliffe-Chung — remains in a critical condition with significant injuries.

    Supt Rohweder described the crime as “absolutely horrific”.

    “I’ve viewed the CCTV of what actually occurred. There’s no one that can view that CCTV that doesn’t come away feeling sick to the stomach. It’s just absolutely horrific,” he said.

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  10. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Smail Ayad to appear via video to face murder charges

    August 25 2016 - 4:24PM

    French man Smail Ayad, charged with the murder of a backpacker stabbed to death at a Queensland hostel, will face Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday via video link as police hold concerns for public safety.

    When police arrived at the hostel a number of officers were injured trying to arrest Mr Ayad. Police say he again attacked officers while being transported from Townsville Hospital to the Townsville watchhouse, forcing officers to use Tasers and capsicum spray to subdue him.

    Once at the watchhouse, Mr Ayad allegedly inflicted injuries on a number of other officers.

    He will also face 12 counts of serious assault.

    Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said the decision for Mr Ayad to appear via video link came after consultation with the man's defence team.

    "We have a number of concerns in relation to both officer and public safety," Superintendent Rohweder said.

    "The decision was made in consultation with the defendant's legal advisors (and it was agreed) video link will be the best.

    "(Our concerns are) in relation to his behaviour over the last couple of days, it's important we keep that in mind and ensure everyone is kept safe."

    Superintendent Rohweder said Mr Ayad's behaviour continued to be erratic and he had declined to be interviewed by police.

    "The person we have arrested is still at the Townsville watchhouse, his demeanour remains unchanged," he said.

    "He has had access to legal representation and he has had access to the French Consulate but my information is (Mr Ayad) has declined to be interviewed."

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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Delusional obsession allegedly behind frenzied stabbing by French backpacker

    August 25, 2016 12:00am

    A DELUSIONAL obsession with a woman he could never have has allegedly sent a French backpacker on a frenzied stabbing spree, killing one and critically injuring another.
    Smail Ayad, 29, had fawned over Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, for several days, telling other backpackers at the Home Hill hostel the pair were deeply in love and married.

    The Bulletin understands his obsession with Ms Ayliffe-Chung turned deadly on Tuesday night, after hearing the British backpacker had posed for revealing photos in a magazine and did not reciprocate his feelings.

    Furious at the unrequited love, he allegedly stabbed Ms Ayliffe-Chung multiple times while screaming “Allahu Akbar”, leaving her to die on the floor of her Shelley’s Backpackers room.

    It is understood another British backpacker and friend Thomas Jackson, 30, came to Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s aid and was stabbed multiple times in the face, chest and stomach, suffering horrific injuries.

    Up to 30 backpackers witnessed the frenzied attack and tried desperately to intervene, although the Bulletin understands Ayad, a kickboxing champion who has trained in Thailand, allegedly made threats against them and stabbed a hostel employee in the leg.

    Yesterday afternoon as police transferred Ayad from hospital to the watchhouse, he allegedly bashed two police officers, after they had to pull over on Woolcock St as he was lashing out in the back of the police paddy wagon. Both officers were hospitalised.

    Police were forced to use capsicum spray on Ayad to subdue him and the Bulletin understands it took seven officers to get Ayad into a padded cell, as he continued to scream “Allahu Akbar”.

    It will be alleged this was the second time Ayad lashed out at police, with body-worn cameras showing the gruesome scene that confronted the first responders and a blood covered Ayad mumbling “Allahu Akbar.”

    When police tried to arrest him at the backpackers’ hostel, Ayad was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, although the Bulletin has been told he continued to kick police, forcing them to handcuff his legs to his hands.

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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    The Australian Federal Police and the Joint Counter Terrorism Unit were in Home Hill yesterday and are investigating any links between Ayad and radical organisations, although they have not found any evidence of radicalisation

    AFP Commander Sharon Cowden said they would be working with their overseas counterparts to determine if there was a terror element to the attack.

    “We are considering all options here. We are working very closely with our partner agencies to ensure that if there is any indication that this has an extremist slant to it or this person had been radicalised, we would be able to discover that.

    “At this stage, we have no evidence of that.”

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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    ..........a kickboxing champion....

    More like a violent psycho monster!! Probably on steroids, meth or both. And a wannabe terrorist.

    Good job by police with handcuffing his legs to his hands although I'm sure they would have preferred to use a bullet!
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Gotcha! Thanks for being careful. :hug:
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  15. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Stabbing accused did not appear in court

    August 26, 2016 12:00am

    UPDATE 10.55AM: THE man accused of stabbing to death British national Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, has not appeared in court as his murder charge was mentioned.

    Smail Ayad was expected to appear via video link in Townsville Magistrates Court this morning but instead his solicitor, Helen Armitage, appeared on his behalf and requested an adjournment.

    “He is in custody but I don’t require him to be brought up,” Ms Armitage said.

    “At this stage we request the matter be listed for a committal mention with a brief of evidence to be prepared.”

    Magistrate Richard Lehmann adjourned the matter until October 28.

    Ayad is also accused of stabbing British man Tom Jackson, 30, who remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital,

    A dog was also killed in the attack.

    Ayad is facing charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault.

    The court was closed for an undisclosed application following the open proceedings.

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  16. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Case against Smail Ayad adjourned in Townsville court

    Fri 26 Aug 2016, 12:14pm

    Accused murderer Smail Ayad has been remanded in custody after charges relating to a youth hostel stabbing that left a woman dead and a man fighting for his life were heard in a Townsville court today.

    The case was adjourned until October 28.

    Ayad is charged with the murder of British woman Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday night at a backpacker hostel at Home Hill, south of Townsville.

    He is also charged with the attempted murder of British man Tom Jackson, who remains in a critical condition on life support in hospital after being severely wounded while trying to save her.

    Mr Jackson's father arrived from the UK last night to be at his son's bedside.

    A string of charges against Ayad, 29, were mentioned briefly in Townsville Magistrates Court today.

    He is charged with murder, attempted murder, animal cruelty and a dozen counts of assaulting police while in custody.

    Ayad remained in Townville watch house for the hearing after police cited public safety concerns.

    Magistrate Richard Lehmann adjourned the hearing until October 28.

    Ayad was moved to the Townsville Correctional Centre earlier this afternoon.

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  17. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I've been following this in the papers.. just too sickened to say anything about it, it's just so horrific and senseless.
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  18. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Helmet, mask for man accused of Townsville hostel attack

    August 27, 2016

    The French kickboxer accused of fatally stabbing a British tourist at a north Queensland backpacker hostel wore a helmet and spit mask as he was moved to a Townsville jail in a high-security operation involving riot police and attack dogs.

    Smail Ayad, a UFC fanatic, who allegedly also attacked 12 officers, had a thick green helmet strapped to his head and a mask placed over his mouth to stop him spitting at police. Mr Ayad was photographed as he was taken from the Townsville police watch-house in a Queensland Corrective Services van.


    Police dogs could be heard barking for up to 20 minutes before the van transporting Mr Ayad emerged from an underground loading dock. A convoy of vehicles, carrying riot police and dogs, followed the van to prison.

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  19. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    I heard on radio news today that the psycho is still causing major issues with his lashing out.

    Keep the helmet on him but him in a darn straight jacket.
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  20. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    We'll wait and see....however, I think the lid is slowly being lifted............

    Man accused of killing British woman had 'threatened to massacre backpackers in Queensland hostel for weeks' before Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death

    27 August 2016

    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.

    Lorraine Gorizia is the part owner of one of the farms backpackers from the hostel were contracted to.

    She told DMA on Friday a group of six backpackers came to see her because she had formed a strong bond with them over time.

    'They told me he had been talking funny, saying strange things for weeks. At first it was slurred like he was drunk,' she said.

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