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Man charged over fatal Qld hostel stabbing

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 Evan Schwarten

A French national accused of the stabbing murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung in north Queensland will appear in court via videolink after he allegedly lashed out at police.

The 29-year-old was on Thursday afternoon charged with murder and a string of other offences over the incident at Shelley's Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, on Tuesday night.

British woman Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, died in the attack while 30-year-old British man Tom Jackson was critically wounded.

Superintendent Ray Rohweder said the man's behaviour towards officers since his arrest was a cause for concern ahead of his appearance in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

"There are a number of concerns in relation to both officer and public safety," he said.

"In consultation with the defendant's legal advisors we've agreed that videolink will be the best possible way to take the matter forward."

The man was also charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault.

Supt Rohweder said the assault charges stemmed from interactions with a dozen separate officers both at the Townsville Hospital and later at the local watch house.

He said the man's level of co-operation with police altered frequently and he declined a formal interview.

"What I will reaffirm is that there has been no indication whatsoever that any radicalisation or any political motives existed that caused him to attack the people that he did," he said.

The suspect had access to legal representation and the French consulate as police waited for the results of drug tests.

The animal cruelty charge stems from allegations the man fatally stabbed a dog at the premises.

Supt Rohweder said Mr Jackson remains "very ill" and his father was on the way to spend time with him.

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