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Man arrested in India in connection with Australian Toyah Cordingley’s death

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  • Police arrested a man in India in connection with the 2018 death of Toyah Cordingley in Queensland.
  • The arrest follows a $1 million reward offered by Queensland authorities earlier this month.
  • Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll says the extradition process in Australia is expected to go smoothly.
In a country of more than a billion people, Indian police have arrested a man wanted in connection with the death of Toyah Cordingley in north Queensland more than four years ago.
The 24-year-old pharmacy worker and animal shelter volunteer was found dead on Wangeti Beach, north of Cairns, after taking her dog for a walk on October 21, 2018.
Police believe that Rajwinder Singh has been living in fear in the Punjab region since his visit to India on 23 October 2018.
His arrest on Friday followed an extradition request by Australia in 2021 and a $1 million reward offered by Queensland authorities earlier this month.

The former Infirmary nurse is expected to face court in India “very soon” and Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll is hopeful of a smooth extradition process to Australia.

“The working relationship with the local Indian police on this has been exceptional, we have worked with them and the Australian Federal Police for an extended period of time,” she said.
“This has been … one of the most thorough, comprehensive, worldwide investigations in many, many years.”

QPS officers traveled to India between 27 October and 8 November to share information with local police.

It is not clear whether the award will be taken up, but Ms Carroll says she will “happily write to investigate myself” if the necessary procedures have been followed.

The AFP Fugitive Arrest Strike Team and AFP New Delhi are assisting the QPS in the search and arrest of the murder suspect.

Toyah Cordingley smiles.

Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll said the death of Toyah Cordingley in October 2018 had shocked people in Queensland. Source: supply , Queensland Police

Ms Carroll said Ms Cordingley’s death had shocked and outraged people in Queensland.

“She was a beautiful, very loving person, just innocently going about her day,” he said.
“I am very pleased that we can now make further progress in bringing his family closer.
“It was never a question of whether, only when the day would come.”
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfuss said on Friday the case was a high priority for the Australian government.

“Australian agencies continue to work closely with the Indian authorities to pursue Mr Singh’s extradition to Australia to enable him to face justice,” he added.

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