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Man held for Australia beach murder | India News


NEW DELHI: Based on inputs shared by the CBI and Interpol, Delhi Police on Friday arrested a 38-year-old man accused of killing an Australian woman at a beach in Queensland in 2018. The accused has been identified as Rajwinder Singh from Moga, Punjab. An Indian-origin Australian citizen, he had fled Australia two days after allegedly murdering 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley, leaving behind his wife and three children.
After his arrest in a joint operation, Singh, who carried a reward of around Rs 5.5 crore (one million Australian dollars) and had an Interpol red notice against him, has been sent to judicial custody till November 30. The extradition procedure will be initiated shortly, an official said. His detailed interrogation is yet to be conducted.
In March 2021, the Australian government requested India to extradite Singh, which was approved in November this year. On November 4, 2022, the Australian High Commission tweeted about the declaration of reward on Singh and the authorities were flooded with information. Three Queensland detectives recently travelled to India to aid the CBI and police in their search.
Delhi Police approached a court on November 21 and got a non-bailable warrant issued against Singh under the Extradition Act. Police found that Singh had been frequently changing locations and shuttling between Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Of late, he was hiding in north Delhi as the heat on him increased in Punjab. According to a Delhi Police spokesperson, Singh was arrested around 6am on November 25 from near GT Karnal Road. He had changed his appearance by growing a beard.
Cordingley, the victim, was a pharmacy employee who was walking her dog at Queensland’s Wangetti beach when she was killed on October 21, 2018. Police had described the murder as a “personal and intimate attack”. She had visible and violent injuries on her body, which was found half buried. The victim had been strangled and found in a nude state, but police didn’t confirm if it was a sex crime. Sources said police were likely to probe if Singh was involved in any other incident as a few more had been reported at the same beach over the years.





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