PHOTO: AAP
PHOTO: AAP

Stabbed hero backpacker dies

BRITISH journalist Tom Jackson (pictured) has died six days after heroically trying to save backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung's life.

Yesterday afternoon police confirmed they would upgrade a charge of attempted murder against 29-year- old French man Smail Ayad at his next appearance in Townsville Magistrates Court on October 29.

In a letter penned after the tragedy, Jackson's father Les said his son's actions filled him with pride.

"His actions in response to this horrific attack only add to that sense of pride,” Mr Jackson said.

"As a family we have been comforted by the help and support offered by our friends and family.”


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