Male nurse accused of killing Toyah Cordingley, 24, is finally set to be extradited from India to face trial over the alleged beachside murder
- Toyah Cordingley, 24, was found dead on a beach in north Queensland in 2018
- Accused killer, Rajwinder Singh, 38, allegedly fled to India two days after death
- In November, Indian police revealed they’d tracked him down and arrested him
- On Saturday, an Indian court announced Singh is to be extradited to Australia
A male nurse accused of killing Toya Cordingley in October 2018 is finally set to be extradited from India to Australia and face trial for the alleged murder.
Toyah, 24, was found dead on Wangetti Beach near Cairns in far north Queensland with the man accused of killing her, Rajwinder Singh, 38, allegedly fleeing to India two days later.
After a four-year hunt, he was finally tracked down to a village in India and arrested in November.
On Saturday, Singh entered a ‘willingness statement’ which means the Indian court accepted his desire to return to Australia and face trial.
The extradition order must now be signed off by the Indian government before Singh can return and it is unclear when that will happen.
Singh told local reporters in Delhi that he will ‘explain everything over there in Australia’.
On Saturday, Singh (pictured outside court in Delhi) entered a ‘willingness statement’ which means the Indian court accepted his desire to return to Australia and face trial
Toyah Cordingley (pictured) was 24 when she was found dead in a shallow grave at Wangetti Beach in October 2018
Ajay Digpaul, the government’s prosecuting counsel, previously told AAP: ‘We will seek to ensure this case proceeds with maximum speed.’
Australian police allege Singh stabbed Ms Cordingley to death on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, as she took a morning walk with her dog.
Singh allegedly boarded a flight to India, leaving his wife and three children, a day after Ms Cordingley was reported missing.
Ms Cordingley’s father found the body of the pharmacy worker half-buried in the sand, with her dog tied up unharmed to a nearby tree.
Local Indian media report Singh allegedly told Delhi police he got into an argument with Ms Cordingley because her dog barked at him.
The prosecution is ‘very focused on this case,’ Mr Digpaul said.
Rajwinder Singh, 38, was finally tracked down to a village in India and arrested in November
An Indian court on Saturday ruled that Singh is to be extradited to Australia to face trial over Toyah’s death
Toyah had driven to Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, to walk her dog. She never returned home
But Singh ‘will have the right to appeal,’ he added.
In November, Delhi Police shared a photo of the suspect, showing him sporting a turban and long white-streaked beard.
His appearance is completely different to photos that circulated of him after Toyah’s death in 2018.
He was arrested following an extradition request by Australia in 2021 and a $1million reward offered by Queensland authorities which attracted the attention of bounty hunters.