Man charged over horror knife attack at backpackers hostel

A 29-YEAR-OLD Frenchman who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at a backpackers hostel south of Townsville, killing one person and critically injuring another, has formally been charged.

The man is accused of stabbing to death 21-year-old British woman Mia Ayliffe Chung at the hostel in Home Hill on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old woman had been working as a waitress at a Gold Coast nightclub and had travelled to the top-end for a fruit-picking stint in order to extend her working visa.


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A 30-year-old British man was also attacked, reportedly stabbed repeatedly in the head. He remains in hospital with critical injuries.

A third person, a 46-year-old local man, was also knifed. Police said he sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

A dog was also slaughtered in the horrific attack.

The 29-year-old French national was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment to injuries he sustained during the incident.

After being discharged on Wednesday afternoon, the man allegedly lashed out at police and assaulted two officers while being transported from the hospital to the watch house.

Police said officers were forced to use a taser and capsicum spray to subdue the man who “violently resisted”.

The 29-year-old has since been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and twelve counts of serious assault.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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