UPDATE: Man charged with murder of former Chesterfield student

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A man has been charged with stabbing a former Chesterfield student to death while she backpacked around Australia.

Smail Ayad, aged 29, from France, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was attacked in Queensland on Tuesday night.

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The former Chesterfield College student was nine days into a three-month trip when she was attacked.

Superintendent Ray Rohweder, of Queensland Police, had previously said the possibility that Ayad had an unrequited romantic interest or an 'obsession' with Mia was a line of inquiry.

The suspect is due to appear in court by videolink tomorrow.