'He was a protector': Bravery award for man who tried to save woman
Two men who helped a backpacker who was stabbed to death in a North Queensland hostel have been awarded a bravery award from Prince William overnight.
British woman Mia Ayliffe-Chung was randomly attacked in August 2016 by French backpacker Smail Ayad in Home Hill, south of Townsville.
Tom Jackson, also from the UK, and Daniel Richards, came to her aid and were attacked.
Ms Ayliffe-Chung, who was 21 at the time, died at the scene and Mr Jackson died in hospital.
Mr Jackson’s family accepted a posthumous award for gallantry on his behalf at Buckingham Palace on what would have been his 33rd birthday.
“It’s a bittersweet occasion and we wish that Tom was getting the awards, but I’m very proud to be receiving it on his behalf,” his mother Sandra Jackson told ITV News.
“He was very much a protector, he didn’t like people bullying other people.”
Ms Jackson said Prince William said she should be proud of her son.
“He said that he’d read up about what had happened and he couldn’t believe what he did.”
“Now that we’re getting the award I’m quite happy about it,” Tom’s mother’s Les Jackson said.
“I’m obviously not happy about the circumstances which led to it but I think it’s right that Tom is recognised at this level for what he did on that terrible day. It means a lot to us for that reason."
Mr Richards also received an award from Prince William.
Murder proceedings again Ayad were dropped in April after he was found to have been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.