Australia: Murder Charges Dropped Against Man Who Shouted "Allahu Akbar" As He Stabbed Two People To Death

From the Daily Mail:
The weeping mother of a murdered British backpacker has revealed she lies awake thinking about her daughter’s final moments – as the mentally unstable Frenchman who killed her had his charges dropped.

Smail Ayad, 30, dragged British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from her bed at the hostel, in the state’s north, and stabbed her multiple times in August 2016.

He killed her and another Brit – 30-year-old Tom Jackson – but on Thursday, criminal charges against Ayad were dropped and he was sent to a mental health facility.

Mia’s mother Rosie Ayliffe wept as she told the Brisbane Mental Health Court that she was haunted by thoughts of her only child’s last moments, wondering if she felt pain and whether she knew ‘she was going.’

Ms Ayliffe, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, cried as she read from her victim impact statement.

She spoke of tributes that had come in from all over the word acknowledging her daughter’s kindness and how tolerant of others and full of love she was for all those she met.

‘Many, many nights I lie awake thinking about my daughter’s last moments and how it must have felt to her to lie dying,’ she told the court.

‘Did she feel pain? Did she know she was going? The images haunt me.’

She said she wanted everyone to understand that the man’s acts of violence had robbed her world of her beloved daughter, who had everything to live for.

‘I am proud to have been her mother and I will hold her in my heart until I die,’ she told the court.

Court heard Ayad sufferred a ‘psychotic episode’ before going on a stabbing frenzy in the backpacker hostel, which began when he repeatedly stabbed Ms Ayliffe-Chung in her bedroom.

He claimed to have no or limited memory of the attack, which reportedly started when he yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’.

But terrorism was ruled out as a motive for the attack after he was found by psychiatrists to be of ‘unsound mind’….

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