A Cheshire man has died following a knife attack at an Australian hostel which killed a backpacker.
Tom Jackson was critically injured as he tried to save 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung during the attack in Queensland a week ago.
The 30-year-old from Congleton was knifed in the head in what police described as a ‘selfless’ act.
His father Les, who had flown out to be by his hospital bedside as he fought on life support, had earlier spoken on Sunday of his immense pride in his son.
“There are many and varied reasons why we are, and always will be, immensely proud of Tom. His actions in response to this horrific attack only add to that sense of pride,” he said in a statement.
Mr Jackson said he’d received many offers of support and friendship from the Townsville community.
He said: “Please don’t think I am unappreciative of these kind offers if they appear to be silently ignored.
“They have not been but I think you will understand that our sole focus at the moment is entirely on Tom’s condition.
“We are in awe of the medical and support staff at the Townsville hospital who are providing the greatest care Tom could hope to receive and keeping me informed of his ongoing treatment every step of the way.
“Finally, and most importantly, our hearts go out to Mia and her family and friends at this dreadful time.”
Frenchman Smai Ayad, 29, is accused of murdering Mia, from Derbyshire.
A Queensland Police 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.”
Ayad is also accused of injuring 12 police officers during the incident in the Home Hill area of Queensland last Tuesday night.
He was due to appear in court on Friday via video link but police explained he would not be present because he had caused a ‘disturbance’ while in custody.
He was remanded in custody and his case has been adjourned until October 28.
Police previously said that they were investigating whether Ayad had an ‘obsession’ with Miss Ayliffe-Chung.
Another man - a 46-year-old named by a friend as Grant Scholz, who ran the hostel - received non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from hospital.
Superintendent Ray Rohweder of Queensland Police said there was an indication that Ayad had taken cannabis on Tuesday evening.
Police have confirmed he shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack but said there is no indication that radicalisation or political motives were involved.
Miss Ayliffe-Chung’s post-mortem examination found her cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.
Her mother Rosie Ayliffe paid tribute to her daughter in a statement, saying she was an “amazing young woman with an adventurous spirit”.
British High Commissioner to Australia Menna Rawlings is in Home Hill to provide support to Britons involved in the attack.
In a video she posted on Twitter she praised the Queensland Police Service for their response to the incident and the follow-up support they were providing everyone involved.
She said: “The family and friends of all the victims of the attack, and all those affected - I wanted to offer my deepest condolences as well.”
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