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A man has been arrested in Australia for the murder of a woman on a beach.

ByJosh Taylor

Nov 26, 2022

Information provided by the CBI and Interpol, Delhi Police detained a 38-year-old man on Friday suspected of murdering an Australian lady on a beach in Queensland in 2018. Rajwinder Singh of Moga, Punjab, has been named as the accused. He was an Indian-origin Australian citizen who had departed the country two days after allegedly killing Toyah Cordingley, 24, leaving behind his wife and three children.
Singh was taken into judicial custody on November 30 after being apprehended in a combined operation. He had a reward of roughly Rs 5.5 crore (one million Australian dollars) and an Interpol red alert on him. According to an official, the extradition process will begin soon. His full interrogation has yet to take place.
The Australian government asked India to extradite Singh in March 2021, and India agreed in November of this year. On November 4, 2022, the Australian High Commission tweeted about Singh’s prize announcement, and authorities were inundated with information. Three Queensland officers travelled to India recently to assist the CBI and police in their investigation.
On November 21, Delhi Police applied to a court and obtained a non-bailable warrant under the Extradition Act against Singh. Singh was found to be frequently changing locations and shuttling between Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab, according to police. He was recently hiding in north Delhi as the pressure mounted on him in Punjab.According to a Delhi Police official, Singh was apprehended along GT Karnal Road at 6 a.m. on November 25. He had grown a beard to modify his appearance.
The offender was taken into prison by a Delhi court and sentenced to five days in judicial detention till November 30.
The Australian government asked India to extradite Singh in March 2021. In November of this year, the request was accepted. Singh works as a nursing assistant in Innisfail Town, however he is originally from Buttar Kalan, Punjab. Vanessa Gardiner, Cordingley’s mother, describes her daughter as “beautiful and spiritual.”
The victim, Cordingley, was a pharmacy clerk who was walking her dog at Queensland’s Wangetti beach on October 21, 2018. The murder was characterised by police as a “personal and intimate attack.” Her corpse was discovered partially buried with apparent and brutal injuries. The victim was strangled and discovered naked, but authorities would not clarify whether it was a sex crime. According to sources, police are likely to investigate whether Singh was involved in any other incidents at the same beach over the years.

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