Man arrested in India for alleged murder of Queensland woman
Cordingley’s body, 24, was found by her father, Troy, in October 2018 in the sand dunes at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns.
Rajwinder Singh, a nurse in Innisfail who boarded a plane to India days after she was killed, was identified by the police as the prime suspect in the case.
“We are thrilled to announce that the suspect in the murder of Toyah Cordingley has been arrested in India,” said Commission Katrina Carroll.
“This day has been a long time coming,” she said.
The suspect was hiding in the Punjab region, and will face a court in India before being extradited to Australia.
Commissioner Carroll described the years-long investigation as “thorough and comprehensive” and said it was a joint operation between local and international authorities.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the development was promising, adding that “it is very early days in this next step in bringing Toyah to justice”.
Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus issued a statement saying that Singh’s extradition was a “high priority” for the Commonwealth.
“I can confirm that Rajwinder Singh has been arrested in India today following an extradition request from Australia,” Dreyfus said.
“Mr Singh is due to face trial in Queensland in relation to the 2018 murder of Toyah Cordingley.
“This matter is a high priority for the Australian Government, and Australian agencies continue to work closely with the Indian authorities to pursue Mr Singh’s extradition to Australia, to enable him to face justice.” Can go
“I acknowledge the work of the Queensland Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Attorney General’s Department as well as the Indian authorities in this matter.”
Dreyfus said it would not be appropriate to comment further as the matter is before the courts in India.
In the four years since Cordingley’s death, her father Troy and mother Vanessa Gardiner, 24, have been making an appeal to find the man who allegedly murdered the “beautiful and spiritual” woman ever since.
Australian officials worked with the Indian government to secure Singh’s extradition order and traveled there to focus on the arrest.