Don’t let hate win...

Mum’s emo­tional plea


MIA Ayliffe-Chung’s mum has called for calm over her bru­tal mur­der in Oz.

Dis­traught Rosie said: “She wouldn’t want any hos­til­i­ties.”

TRAGIC Mia Ayliffe-Chung told her mum she was hav­ing the time of her life on her dream trip Down Un­der, just hours be­fore she was stabbed to death in a hos­tel.

The 20-year-old Bri­tish back­packer was dragged from her bed by room­mate Smail Ayad as he yelled Al­lahu Ak­bar – God is great – be­fore knif­ing her re­peat­edly and leav­ing her to die in a pool of blood.

Her pal Tom Jack­son bravely tried to stop the hor­rific at­tack but he was stabbed up to 20 times by the crazed French­man and was last night fight­ing for his life.

Mia’s dis­traught mum Rosie Ayliffe led the trib­utes to her daugh­ter and de­spite her in­tense grief pleaded for calm over the at­tack. She said: “Mia was a rare per­son who saw be­yond race, creed and be­lief.

“As a peace­ful per­son Mia had huge re­spect for every­body. She would not want to be the rea­son for any hos­til­i­ties caused by any mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions of events.”

It is be­lieved 29-year-old kick­box­ing cham­pion Ayad had be­come in­fat­u­ated by Mia and flipped when he found out the feel­ing was not mu­tual.

Po­lice said there was no ev­i­dence he had been rad­i­calised. Mia was stay­ing at Shel­ley’s Back­pack­ers hos­tel in Home Hill, Queens­land, with Ayad, 31-year-old Tom and fel­low Brit, Chris Porter.

A source said: “The night be­fore they were all chat­ting to­gether. Ev­ery­thing seemed nor­mal.

“They went to bed early be­cause they were get­ting up for farm work next day. But in the mid­dle of the night all hell broke loose. They were wo­ken up by the at­tack. It was pan­de­mo­nium.” A French tourist added: “Every­body has told us he was com­pletely crazy, they couldn’t recog­nise him. He said he wants to kill every­body.”

With blood-cur­dling screams ring­ing out, heroic Tom, of Con­gle­ton Cheshire, leapt to Mia’s aid but was stabbed re­peat­edly in the face, chest and stom­ach.

The French tourist said: “He tried to stop him and he was given 20 wounds of the knife. We have been told he is fight­ing be­tween life and death.”

Tom’s sis­ter Olivia Jack­son, 23, said: “He’s still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hospi­tal.” Chris was on the bunk above Mia’s bed and woke to find her be­ing stabbed.

The ter­ri­fied 21-year-old fled the room to raise the alarm, shout­ing “mur­der, mur­der”. He frac­tured both heels leap­ing from a first-floor win­dow.

But Ayad is said to have chased af­ter him. Chris’s brother Aaron, who was last night by his hospi­tal bed, said: “The guy has chased him down the road with the knife.

“He had to wave down a car and this guy was try­ing to smash through the car win­dow. Chris said the French­man had been there for a few days and seemed an ab­so­lutely nor­mal guy.

“He spoke to the guy be­fore he went to bed and he seemed fine. He has wo­ken up to him drag­ging Mia out of bed.”

Chris’s fos­ter mum Kim Porter, of High Hal­stow, Kent, added: “He is dis­traught ob­vi­ously. Very dis­traught.”

Bill Khatkar, who runs the Red Dog pub in the vil­lage, told how Chris worked there be­fore he went trav­el­ling.

He said: “He is a lovely, lovely per­son. He would stand up for any­one. He wouldn’t look left or right, he’d just go straight in.”

Aus­tralian Grant Scholtz, 46 – thought

to be one of the hos­tel own­ers – also tried to step in to help Mia but was stabbed in the leg. He dog was killed in the at­tack at around 11.15pm on Tues­day.

Neigh­bours claimed Ayad had been singing the French na­tional an­them be­fore he burst into tears and started scream­ing Al­lahu Ak­bar.

Po­lice said he re­peated the chant when he was ar­rested.

Trib­utes poured in for Mia, from Wirksworth, Der­bys, who had been at the hos­tel for about 10 days af­ter leav­ing the Gold Coast to re­new her visa in Home Hill.

Just hours be­fore she was killed, Mia called her mum to say: “Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.” And 10 days be­fore she said trav­el­ling “isn’t as scary as I thought”.

Rosie de­scribed her daugh­ter as an “amaz­ing young woman with an ad­ven­tur­ous spirit”.

She added: “Not only was she kind and funny, she was clever, sassy, with a sense of fun. Mia was full of the kind of open-minded com­pas­sion for life that you don’t see that of­ten.

“Above all else she had a strong sense of right and wrong and would al­ways look

Every­body told us he was crazy. He wanted to kill every­body. Tom tried to stop him FRENCH TOURIST ON HOR­RIFIC KNIFE AT­TACK WHICH KILLED MIA IN HOS­TEL

af­ter those she con­sid­ered in need She was an out­stand­ing friend to many and dearly loved by the chil­dren of our com­mu­nity. Her feisty na­ture and strong sense of jus­tice made Mia a beloved friend to her peers and to all those who knew her.”

Mia’s older sis­ter, Ni­cola Hawkridge-Chung, from Lon­don, broke down as she said: “We are ab­so­lutely shocked and de­spair­ing right now. Mia was lovely, car­ing, warm and gen­er­ous.”

Her fam­ily were yes­ter­day pre­par­ing to fly to Australia.

Mia’s boyfriend Jami­son Stead said she adored Australia and had “fallen in love with the coun­try and its peo­ple”.

The 23-year-old Aus­tralian sales rep added: “I can’t quite get my head around what’s hap­pened. Truly dev­as­tated, more just dis­be­lief that this has hap­pened.

“She was a beau­ti­ful girl who had her whole life ahead of her and we spoke of what the fu­ture may hold in store for her and what she wanted to do.

“It’s sad know­ing that she won’t be able to do those things. My heart goes out to her and her fam­ily.” Mia had worked at the Bed­room Lounge Bar in Surfers Par­adise. Owner Max Pick­er­ing, 24, said: “No one here can quite believe it. We are ut­terly heart­bro­ken and in to­tal shock. Mia was a won­der­ful, joy­ous, su­per con­fi­dent and in­fec­tious per­son to be around.”

Mia’s fam­ily and friends kept up with her ad­ven­tures on Face­book.

On July 19 she posted: “The hard­est thing liv­ing my dream, miss­ing im­por­tant home things.” Rosie replied: “You’ll be back in the blink of an eye, and we’ll all still be do­ing the same old stuff. Live your dream and know you’re in all our hearts.”

Mia’s fi­nal up­date on Au­gust 20 read: “Day 4 done. Just 85 left. Sun is too hot.”

Dev­as­tated pals yes­ter­day vowed to carry on preparations for Mia’s 21st birth­day in Oc­to­ber.

Ayad was ar­rested but had not been charged last night. It is be­lieved he may have been hurt while be­ing ap­pre­hended and was in hospi­tal un­der armed guard.

Po­lice said he ar­rived in Australia in March on a tem­po­rary visa. His Face­book page says he lives in Thai­land.

TRAGIC Brit Mia, 20, was stabbed to death in a hos­tel HELD Killer Smail Ayed

STABBED Tom was fight­ing for life last night HURT Grant was knifed and his dog killed IN­JURED Chris broke heels leap­ing from hos­tel

HOME Where she lived with fam­ily CUTE As a smil­ing baby

TRAGIC TRIP Back­packer Mia was in Australia Crazed Smail Ayad was in­fat­u­ated Po­lice at hos­tel where she was knifed FUN-LOV­ING Pop­u­lar Mia in Face­book pic

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