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Backpacker killer could be sent home

A 29-year-old Frenchman who killed two British backpackers at Home Hill nearly four years ago, could be sent home to France to receive psychiatric treatment.
 
A non-inquest found that Smail Ayad carried out a 10-second frenzied stabbing attack on 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung on August 23, 2016.
 
Ms Ayliffe-Chung's friend, 30-year-old Thomas Jackson, was also killed trying to protect her.
 
The UK nationals were staying at a hostel as they temporarily worked as fruit pickers in the region.
 
Ayad was also staying at the hostel and was previously found to have been psychotic and under the influence of cannabis during the attack.
 
The Mental Health Court dropped all criminal charges against the Frenchman who remains in a Queensland mental health institution awaiting to be repatriated to France.
 
"I am informed the final decision with respect to repatriation rests with the Australian Border Force," the report stated.
 
"Ayad will continue to receive treatment in a French medical facility upon repatriation."