Toyah Cordingley murder suspect arrested after four years on the run

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After four long years, 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley’s family is finally closed following the arrest of a 38-year-old man in India for her murder, described as a “frantic and brutal” attack on an Australian beach.

Rajwinder Singh, who at the time was a nurse working about two hours from the crime scene, has been taken into custody after Australia offered an AUS$1 million ($675,000) reward on Oct. 23, the fourth anniversary of her death. for information on his whereabouts. .

Singh became a prime suspect after he suddenly left his wife and three children in Australia without even quitting his job, the day after Cordingley’s father found her body buried in sand dunes on a Queensland beach. Cordingley, who worked at an animal shelter, was walking her dog on the beach when she was attacked. Her dog was tied nearby.

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Police have not said whether Singh knew his alleged suspect before the attack, or what his motive might be. His family denies he is “capable” of such a crime.

For the past four years, Australian police have been building a case against Singh, but had no idea where he might be. Even his family in India, near where he was arrested, said they had not heard from him since 2018. “It was never a question of if, but when, this day would come,” Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told Australian media. “I am confident we have a strong case to take to court.”

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Police have not said if anyone will claim the award, but Australian police were only given an extradition deal after his arrest in October 2022, having filed a request to do so in March 2021.

Cordingley’s father, who held a memorial on the beach where she was found on the anniversary of her death, said he was pleased with the arrest. “While justice won’t bring Toyah back, justice is the least she deserves,” he said, according to TBEN Australia.

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Police never gave details of how Cordingley died, but called the killing targeted and “sadistic.”

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