Welsh Rhondda Resident Daniel Richards To Be Awarded Bravery Medal From Australia


Daniel Richards, From Clydach Vale, Rhondda, South Wales, is to be awarded a prestigious medal for his bravery in 2016, after he tried to save a woman from being stabbed in Queensland, Australia.
French national Smail Ayad, 29, killed Mia at the Home Hill hostel in Queensland, a day Daniel will never forget.
At the time, in 2016 it was reported that paranoid Ayad, who smoked up to four joints a day before the attack, believed there was a plot to kill him and burn his body in a pizza oven. He pounced on Mia as she lay in her bed while reportedly screaming Allahu Akbar and singing the French national anthem.

Hostel caretaker Grant Schultz bravely tried to stop Ayad after the fatal attack but he too was stabbed and suffered leg injuries.

Deranged Ayad then lept from the first-floor balcony and sustained neck and back fractures in the fall.

He got up from the fall and stabbed the hostel owner’s dog to death and returned to Mia’s room where he attacked Brit backpacker Tom Jackson.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung was a backpacker living her “dream” who was stabbed to death when Ayad went on a rampage at a hostel in Australia in 2016

The 20-year-old had been working as a bartender for the past six months, was knifed in a frenzied attack in front of 30 horrified witnesses, one being Welshman Daniel who tried to save the poor girls life.

Local residents in the Valleys have said how the award is well deserved especially in consideration of the bravery of Daniel:

” It was a very courageous act, Daniel put his life on the line for trying to save another, many would have fled the scene – he should be very proud of his award, it’s fully deserved,” said Valley’s resident Henry Thomas.

“He’s a lovely lad in the town, and he’s had to live with the horror of what happened 4 years ago and hopefully this award will bring him extreme pride after all that happened” he finished.

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