Unsolved Toyah Cordingley

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Family of Rajwinder Singh, suspect in Toyah Cordingley murder, believes he’s in Sikh temple
Peter Michael, The Courier-Mail
April 27, 2019 10:00pm


"Police have identified the father-of-three as a key person of interest in the unsolved murder on the tropical beach, 38km north of Cairns."

"Police and Australian Federal Police are liaising with Indian law enforcement agencies to help them locate the fugitive."

"His trail has gone cold,’’ brother-in-law Harpreet Singh said. “She (his wife) has not had one single word, nothing."

"Singh’s father, a member of a large Sikh community in far north Queensland, has spent six months in India trying to track his wanted son down, to get him to hand himself into authorities for questioning."


"Police have obtained evidence allegedly putting Singh — and his car with a bright pink personalised number plate with the letters Raj — at the scene at the time of the October 21 murder."



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Copy n paste of entire article.
To see original without subscription to Cairns Post, you can find it on their FB page here;


"Toyah’s murder prompts huge public response with Crime Stoppers calls"
Grace Mason, The Cairns Post
an hour ago.

TOYAH Cordingley’s shocking death has touched Queenslanders in a way not seen since the kidnap and murder of Daniel Morcombe.

Police have revealed the heartfelt reaction across the Far North has led to a flood of tip-offs at the same rate as when the Sunshine Coast teenager disappeared 15 years earlier.
New figures released by Crime Stoppers show that in the first nine weeks after the 24-year-old’s death at Wangetti Beach on October 22 last year, close to 1200 calls were received with information linked to the case.
These included a huge percentage of motorists who travelled along the Captain Cook Highway the day she disappeared.

The pharmacy assistant had been walking her dog along the isolated beach when she was killed.
Police have previously confirmed Innisfail nurse Rajwinder Singh, who left Australia for India just after her death, remains a person of interest in the case.
A legal expert said last week an extradition treaty loophole could mean he is never brought back to Australia.

Stoppers’ Cairns volunteer area committee police representative Det Sen-Sgt Kevin Goan, who is also the boss of the Far North’s Major and Organised Crime Squad, said their call centre was inundated in the first few weeks of the case.
He said the 1198 calls received between October 22 and December 31 was on a par with the volume of calls which came in for the same period when 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe disappeared from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in 2013.

A significant percentage of the travelling public (were among the callers) which is tremendous,” he said.

To us that shows a real sense of community and a desire to bring closure for the family. And that is only eclipsed by the number of posters and stickers that went up around the place.”
Det Sen-Sgt Goan said in just December alone, of the 258 calls received by Crime Stoppers related to Cairns, 98 were regarding Toyah’s case.
Throughout the year there were 3043 contacts made to Crime Stoppers, an anonymous service, in relation to Cairns and more than 1000 came via the website.

He said in his work as a police officer, the service remained invaluable.
“It’s why the QPS cherish the relationship with the organisation and are extremely supportive of volunteer work undertaken by the community, for the community,” he said.
Report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppersqld.com.au
 

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"Revealed: The shocking reason Indian fugitive wanted over the brutal rape and murder of Toyah Cordingley may NEVER face justice"
By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia
10:23 AEST 14 Jun 2019, updated 10:45 AEST 14 Jun 2019


"Legal experts have warned an Indian fugitive wanted for questioning over the brutal rape and murder of Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley may never face justice.
Father-of-three Rajwinder Singh remains at large after the body of Ms Cordingley - who would have turned 25 today - was discovered on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, last October."

"He is reported to be hiding in a Sikh temple in India and extradition treaty roadblocks could mean detectives might be unable to bring him back to Australia for questioning."

"India is a notoriously difficult place to extradite people from,' Queensland Law Society president and leading law expert Bill Potts told Courier Mail."
" 'It is a very large country, with a gigantic population, and the court system is so stretched and overcrowded, there are massive delays.' "

"Mr Potts said authorities have yet to build a strong murder case and bring together the necessary evidence such as DNA, photographs and eyewitness accounts in order for their extradition order to be approved."

"Despite the potential challenges ahead, a combined effort is being made to bring Singh to Australia."

"Indian law enforcement agencies are cooperating with Australian Federal Police and Queensland detectives."
 

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Police said the investigation continued to move forward and a special investigative team was making progress, intent on bringing her killer to justice."




Queensland Police offered its condolences to Cordingley's friends and family regarding Toyah's 25th Birthday on the 14th June.


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"India is a notoriously difficult place to extradite people from,' Queensland Law Society president and leading law expert Bill Potts told Courier Mail."
" 'It is a very large country, with a gigantic population, and the court system is so stretched and overcrowded, there are massive delays.' "
I feel for Toyah's family, to be told authorities here might never get him out of India would be hard to take.
 

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I take it Rajwinder Singh hasn't been located.

Does anyone know if you can extradite someone for questioning or does the person have to be charged for the crime. Australia does have an extradition treaty with India.

Edit: Thanks Sorbet Bliss. You answered my question above.
 

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yeah this one has been quiet for a while, just feel so bad for her family and the community that they can’t get full closure
Disgraceful lack of action here.

That poor English girl murdered recently has the NZ Prime Minister making speeches about her.

What has the Aus foreign affairs response been, what has the Indian governments response been?
 

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What's going on here?

By Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia14:36 AEDT 17 Nov 2019 ,

"Toyah Cordingley's suspected killer is 'living like a free man' in India as no extradition request has been made and nobody is investigating, authorities say."

"Mr Singh has extended family living in his home town of Amritsan in Punjab state, near the Pakistani border about 450km north of India's capital New Delhi, but they say nobody has come to investigate."

"No one from Indian police, Australian authorities or any other officer from administration have come up here to investigate Rajwinder Singh,' an unnamed close family member told the Courier Mail."

"Indian police have said they would be happy to search for Mr Singh - but nobody has officially asked them for help.
Inspector Harsandeep Singh of Punjab Police said they were here for justice and ready to investigate, but even if they saw Rajwinder, they could not arrest him without any order or request."
'There is no case against Rajwinder Singh in our police station. He is as clean as you and me. For us right now he is a law-abiding citizen of this country,' he told the Sunday Mail."

 

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Inspector Harsandeep Singh of Punjab Police said they were here for justice and ready to investigate, but even if they saw Rajwinder, they could not arrest him without any order or request."
'There is no case against Rajwinder Singh in our police station. He is as clean as you and me. For us right now he is a law-abiding citizen of this country,' he told the Sunday Mail."
10 days ago a 7news article reported likewise.


But it's understood he's disappeared in India.
In his home state of Punjab, his uncle told 7NEWS he has not been in contact.
"I don't know where he is. I don't have any contact with him. He has never called me," the man said in Amritsar, in India's densely populated north-west.
"He (is) a very simple and silent guy.
Punjabi police said they are ready to offer their Queensland counterparts support if called on to help find Singh.
 

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Toyah Cordingley murder brief of evidence tied up in red tape for months.

By Rob Morrison • Senior Reporter
7:00pm Nov 27, 2019


*News video coverage *

"A brief of evidence recommending the arrest of a key person of interest in the murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley, languished with police lawyers for months."

"9News can reveal homicide detectives finalized a comprehensive brief of evidence, recommending Singh's arrest, four months ago.
Before a decision on whether Singh will be extradited is made, the brief must move up the chain inside the Queensland Police Service, to state prosecutors and then to the federal Attorney-General.
But it spent months with police lawyers, wrapped in red tape, before being handed to the Director of Public Prosecutions just a week ago."
 

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Sadly,
absolutely no new info on the Toyah Cordingley case, in this article about the memorial vandalism in the Cairns post yesterday.

Vandalism of Toyah’s Wangetti memorial enrages community
A community still grieving the loss of murdered pharmacy worker Toyah Cordingley have been enraged by the vandalism of memorial erected in her honour.
Peter Carruthers, The Cairns Post
May 16, 2020 9:38pm
Yesterday a monument at Wangetti Beach erected to commemorate the 12-month anniversary of the 24-year-old’s death was desecrated sometime before 11am. Family spokesman and driving force behind the memorial Wayne ‘Prong’ Trimble said he stopped in at the memorial yesterday and noticed a large banner – printed to help catch the killer – was missing. “It was very disappointing,” he said. “At elevenish I called in to Toyah’s (memorial) to check it out and that’s when I realised the banner was missing.”
Ms Cordingley’s body was found at Wangetti Beach in October 2018, her killer has never been found. Mr Trimble said he met a woman who has just returned from walking on the beach who told him where the banner was. “She said ‘you need to have look near the bin’ and I went over there and found the banner folded up (next to the bin) with all these trinkets and sea shells and a heap of artificial sun flowers. “And you could see that it had been pulled down. I just couldn’t work it out when I first seen it.”
Response to the act on social media has been overwhelming as people express their “disgust” and anger at the tearing down of the banner.
“Why, why, why. It’s terrible,” Mr Trimble said. The family spokesman said Steve Parsonage from the Copy Shop Business Centre printed a new banner to take the place of the one that was torn down. “Now the brand new one is out there (at Wangetti Beach) and I have the original one here and that will go back to Snake and Vanessa (Ms Cordingley’s parents) and that’s the bottom line,” he said. “So it’s good at the end of the day.”
 

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