Saturday, September 03, 2016

A real hero

People die all over the world in horrible circumstances but sometimes there is a murder that just grabs my attention. It always seems more relevant when it is close to home.

British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung was murdered in a stabbing attack and it is alleged the terrible deed was done by Frenchman Smail Ayad at backpacker accommodation south of Townsville, Queensland. That alone is just awful. Photo from Fairfax Press.


The accused. If he is found guilty, will spend a very long time in one of our gaols. I am thinking about 30 years. It is also alleged that Ayad stabbed to death the German Shepherd dog belonging to the owners of the hostel. The dog deserves a name and Atari it is. Also stabbed was the hostel night manager Grant Scholz, but he will recover. Photo Daily Mail.


No heroics so far, although maybe Atari and Scholz were heroes too, but it is reported that British backpacker Tom Jackson intervened in an attempt to help Mia. For his trouble, he was stabbed multiple times and a week after the terrible event, his hospital life support was turned off and he died. What a hero! A true hero. While I am sure Tom's loved ones would prefer that he did not intervene and still be alive, he was very very brave and they can be ever so proud of their hero. Photo UK Express.


Mia's mother was 'approached' by many media organisations, but instead of taking the filthy lucre, she approached the honourable Independent newspaper and has been writing a blog of how she is dealing with the the murder of her daughter and her journey to Australia. I found her writing compelling reading. Google for yourself, Independent and Rosie Ayliffe to read.  

12 comments:

  1. Why did the guy hurt so many people? And the dog? That's all so sad.

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  2. A hero indeed.
    Unlike our sports stars, so named for the prowess on the field.

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  3. Anonymous8:37 am

    Or too many of our sports stars, famed for their big mouths, on and off the field. - Ian

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  4. Inexplicable and awful.

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  5. I don't even believe in hell, but if there was to be a hell, I hope that Frenchman Smail Ayad rots there for eternity.

    A lovely young couple, just discovering the world, are dead... and for what purpose????

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  6. Yet another sad story,. The offender was of Algerian heritage , a former French colonial territory, which recently became the largest country within the African continent.

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  7. Sad.... very sad!
    There are some evil people on this planet!
    I feel sorry for the families and friends who lost their loved ones and that includes the dog too.

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  8. Thanks for the link to the articles Andrew. So sad that the world has come to see Australia as a dangerous place for backpackers to travel.

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  9. A real Hero indeed.

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  10. contemporary worlsd is not friendly place

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  11. The world is making me crazy at the moment Andrew, I just don't understand why these things happen all the time, what is wrong with people!

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