A British backpacker passed away after being stabbed in the head throughout a ‘frenzied knife attack’ in an Australian hostel, an inquest heard.
Thomas Jackson, from Congleton, Cheshire was fatally hurt when he went to the help of fellow Brit Mia Ayliff-Chung after she was assaulted at the hostel in Home Hill, Queensland, on August 23, 2016.
Mia, 20, was noticable dead at the scene after being stabbed numerous times while Thomas, 30, passed away of his injuries in healthcare facility 6 days later on.
Now, 6 years on from the occurrence, an inquest into Thomas’ death held at Warrington Crown Court has actually heard both he and Mia were assaulted by French backpacker Smail Ayad.
A Queensland coroner’s report mentioned that at the time of the occurrence Mr Ayad was ‘psychotic and under the influence of cannabis’, and as an outcome, criminal procedures were terminated.
Thomas’ medical cause of death was offered as stab injuries to the brain.
The inquest heard that he sustained a minimum of 12 different injuries in the attack.
Assistant coroner Peter Sigee stated it was ‘appropriate’ that the findings of the Queensland coroner’s report, dated June 30, 2020, need to be the ‘only evidence to receive and consider’.
Summing up the report, which he had ‘carefully considered’ in advance of the hearing, Mr Sigee stated: ‘The numerous people associated with this occurrence were remaining in the hostel whilst taking a trip on a working visa and endeavor paid work at a regional farm.
‘Mr Smail Ayad performed a crazy knife attack upon Miss Mia Ayliff-Chung, causing extreme injuries upon her.
‘Miss Ayliff-Chung had the ability to leave and to lock herself into a restroom.
‘Mr Ayad then leapt from a very first flooring veranda as if attempting to fly, landing on his back.
‘Mr Jackson went to Mr Ayad’ s help, not understanding what had actually taken place within the hostel.’
The inquest was informed that another backpacker, Daniel Richards, discovered Mia in the restroom and raised the alarm at which point Thomas ran within to assist.
The court heard how Mr Ayad then likewise returned into the hostel, equipped with a knife, yelling and gesturing.
Thomas stuck with Mia, in an ‘effort to care for her and prevent further harm to her’ regardless of the threat to himself, the coroner stated.
Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Sigee stated: ‘Mr Jackson died of knife injuries inflicted upon him by a person of unsound mind whilst Mr Jackson was acting with great courage and valour in seeking to protect and care for a severely injured person.’
Speaking to Cheshire Live after the hearing, Thomas’ moms and dads Leslie and Sandra stated there isn’t a day that passes when they do not think about their child.
Sandra stated: ‘I’ ll never ever overcome it. You simply discover to cope with it.’
‘We think about him all the time,’ Leslie included.
‘I’ ve never ever considered[Mr Ayad] I have actually no bitterness. My focus was constantly onTom I flew it out the following early morning to be with him in healthcare facility.’
The set stated their child, a passionate Liverpool FC fan, was a skilled visitor having actually remained in India, Malaysia and invested 18 months in Cambodia mentor English.
Thomas was posthumously granted the Queen’s Gallantry Medal on what would have been his 33 rd birthday, along with a comparable award in Queensland, for his brave efforts on August 23, 2016.
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