WILL NEVER GO AWAY

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

Mr Porter and Ms Aylif­feChung, who be­came friends months be­fore her death while liv­ing and work­ing in Surfers Par­adise, were a week into an 88- day farm work stint to ex­tend their visas when the drama un­folded.

Mr Porter could not find where the fa­tally injured Ms Ayliffe- Chung ended up as he ran around the hos­tel knock­ing on doors to warn oth­ers to lock them­selves in.

Un­able to find her, a fran­tic Mr Porter broke an an­kle and shat­tered both heels in a leap from the hos­tel’s first­floor bal­cony onto con­crete.

The 22- year- old said de­spite “grue­some” scenes that give him reg­u­lar night­mares he also felt lucky to be alive.

“It only af­fects me at night­time. It’s hard to fall asleep – un­less I have a drink and sort of pass out,” he said.

Mr Porter spent three weeks in a wheel­chair af­ter the in­ci­dent and briefly re­turned to the UK for Ms Ayliffe- Chung’s fu­neral be­fore re­turn­ing to the Gold Coast.

Aside from his wit­ness state­ment to po­lice, Mr Porter has shared de­tails of that ter­ri­fy­ing night with few peo­ple other than Ms Aylif­feChung’s sis­ter Natasha.

“No one needs to know any of that – it was grue­some what I saw when I woke up,” he said.

Mr Porter said he had thought of Ms Ayliffe- Chung, a pop­u­lar, well- trav­elled VIP night­club wait­ress, daily in the 11 months since.

“She flicks through my mind ev­ery day – that night too. But some of it is good, I’ll go into a place here and think ‘ Oh, re­mem­ber that’,” he said.

Mr Porter has since gone back to his job run­ning pub crawls and bar pro­mo­tions in Surfers Par­adise.

French­man Smail Ayad has been charged with the mur­ders of Ms Ayliffe- Chung and Mr Jack­son, as well as two counts of at­tempted mur­der, an­i­mal cru­elty and 12 counts of as­sault­ing po­lice.

He is be­ing held in a men­tal health fa­cil­ity in Brisbane.

CHRIS PORTER LIVES CUT SHORT: ( Clock­wise from far left) Chris Porter; his friend Mia Ayliffe- Chung; tributes left at Shel­ley’s Back­pack­ers in the af­ter­math of the tragedy; the pair to­gether in Home Hill; and fel­low Brit Tom Jack­son.

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