We are saddened to report the 42nd death of woman in Australia in 2016 by known or assumed male killers.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung, a 21 year old English tourist was stabbed near Townsville on 23 August 2015. Two men were also stabbed, apparently when intervening to defend Ms Ayliffe-Chung. A dog was also stabbed to death in the attack.
A 29 year old French national was named by police as the alleged attacker in what is being reported as potentially motivated by an unrequited obsession with Ms Ayliffe-Chung.
UPDATE: Smail Ayad, a 29 year old French national, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, as well as two counts of attempted murder, serious animal cruelty, and 12 counts of assault.
FURTHER UPDATE: Tom Jackson sustained such serious injuriesdefending Ms Ayliffe Chung that his family were forced to switch off his life support on 29 August 2016.
We send our deepest condolences to Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s friends and family, as well as those of Mr Jackson.
The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on this page.
At the time of posting, 95.5% of women killed in Australia in 2016 were killed by men (42 of the total 44 deaths), with 10 missing or dead women on the watch list.
We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.
Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.
If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at email@example.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.