Toyah Cordingley death: Australian woman stabbed by Rajwinder Singh after argument over dog, Indian media reports



Rajwinder Singh allegedly stabbed Toyah Cordingley to death on a Queensland beach after an argument over her dog, Indian media have reported.

Singh remains in custody after being arrested in New Dehli on Friday as the only suspect in the death of Cordingley on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on October 21, 2018.

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Singh, a nurse, had travelled to the beach that day from his home in Innisfail after a fight with his wife, he told Indian police in an interview, according to multiple local news outlets.

He said he was carrying a kitchen knife and some fruit.

Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley was killed in 2018. Credit: 7NEWS
Rajwinder Singh after his arrest in New Dehli on Friday. Credit: 7NEWS

It’s alleged he fatally stabbed 24-year-old Cordingley after an argument between the pair sparked by her dog barking at him, reports say.

Singh had become “angered” by the dog barking and allegedly “stabbed her multiple times”, Indian Express reported, citing investigators.

“He then buried the body in the sand and tied the dog to a tree,” NDTV reported.

CCTV footage shows Toyah Cordingley before she was found dead after taking a dog for a walk on Wangetti beach, 40km north of Cairns. Credit: Queensland Police

Meanwhile, Cordingley’s mother Vanessa Gardiner has responded to Singh’s arrest, thanking family and friends for “ongoing support” but acknowledging the expectedly lengthy extradition process in Indian courts.

“We love you all,” she posted on social media.

“The next rollercoaster ride is coming up.”

Local journalists have suggested the extradition process could take as long as 10 years.

Rajwinder Singh is the main suspect in the murder of far north Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley. Credit: Supplied

Singh evaded capture after fleeing Australia for India two days after 24-year-old Cordingley was found dead.

Queensland police had recently offered a $1 million reward for information on Singh’s whereabouts.

It’s believed a person known to him gave away his location and he was arrested as he attended a doctor’s appointment.

Cordingley’s death had shocked and outraged people in Queensland, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

File images of Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley. She was found dead on a far northern beach in 2018. Credit: 7NEWS

“She was a beautiful, much loved person, just innocently going about her day,” she said.

“I am so pleased we can now make further progress in bringing closure to her family.

“It was never a question of if, only when this day would come.”

State Police Minister Mark Ryan said the investigation has involved hundreds of officers and thousands of hours.

Three Queensland detectives this month travelled to India to aid local authorities in their search for him.

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