COPS are closing in on a fugitive wanted for the murder of a 24-year-old woman on beach in Australia as they offer a new reward of £567,000.
Toyah Cordingley, 24, was attacked brutally and fatally while taking her dog for a walk along Wangetti Beach. She was walking the dog near her hometown of Cairns, Queensland, on October 21 2018.
5Toyah Cordingley was 24, was brutally killed while walking her dog in 2018.
5Toyah’s father found her half-buried in the sand dunes and deemed her’messed-up’ body.
5Cops are asking for the public’s support in a manhunt. Rajwinder SinghCredit QUEENSLAND POLICE
The pharmacy worker had driven to the beach at about 2.30pm and her worried family reported her missing at 11pm when she still hadn’t returned home.
Her dad found her “messed” body in the sand dunes, with half of her body still there. Meanwhile, her unharmed dog was kept close by.
Four years later, cops are appealing to the public for help in the international manhunt Rajwinder Singh.
He was born in Queensland but was originally from Buttar Kalan in Punjab, India. He is a key person of concern in the murder case.
38-year old Mr Singh fled Australia hours after Toyah was found dead. He left behind his wife and three children, as well as his job.
Australian and Indian officials have agreed on an extradition order and Queensland Police have now announced a reward of $1million (£567,000) for anyone with information that leads to his arrest.
Detective Inspector Kevin Goan said he’s confident Mr Singh, who has family in the Punjab area, will be found following high-level talks with Indian officials.
He told ABC that the $1million translation and what it would do for a family was unique.
It would be a similar wealth in India of about $25 million. This is life-changing.
“It’s a great incentive to people, especially in his home village in Punjab region, come forward and tell me what they know about his current situation.”
Troy, Toyah’s father, was devastated and said that his daughter deserves justice. He also criticized her alleged killer for “living in peace with no consequences”.
He said, “Toyah will never live a full-life… never get the opportunity to have children or grandkids, to grow up.”
“This was taken from her by a horrible act and the perpetrator.
“This person is now free of any consequences for their horrible crime and could even be committing other atrocious acts.”
Police released a CCTV photo of Mr Singh, a man who was walking through Sydney Airport with a suitcase shortly after Toyah’s body had been discovered.
Mark Ryan, the Police Minister, stated to reporters: “We know people know this person. They know where this person is. We’re asking them to do right by us.”
“This person has been accused of a very horrible crime. It has caused a great deal of damage to a family.”
This person is currently free from any consequences for their horrible crime and could even be committing other atrocious acts.
Police believe that the attack was sexually motivated.
Chris Knight, Queensland Detective Inspector, stated that detectives are open to information from all sources.
He said that as long as we can get him to do so in a lawful manner and have him appear before a court, that to me is a positive result.” 7News.
Local councillor Michael Kerr said the town was left in shock after such a well-known and member of the close-knit community was killed.
He said to ABC: “Everyone knew her.” She was a person who touched so many people in such a short time.
Toyah was employed by Mr Kerr at Paws and Claws, his animal shelter Paws and Claws, for more than a full year. He described her as “the most loving, beautiful soul”.
MP Warren Entsch described Toyah’s attack as “frenzied.
60 Minutes asked him: “It was absolutely horrible. While we see many terrible things around the globe, we never expected anything like this to happen in our own community.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher told reporters at the time: “No young woman should go to the beach to walk their dog and have this happen to them.”
Police searched Mr Singh’s home at the time of Toyah’s murder but were unable to interview him because he had fled the country.
The Australian government requested an order of extradition in March 2021. Indian authorities approved it last month.
This means that police can arrest Mr Singh and bring him back to Australia – if he can be found.
5Troy Cordingley said Toyah Cordingley’s father deserves justice. Credit: AP
5Toyah’s mother, Vanessa GardinerCredit AP