Rajwinder Singh, 38-year-old, the alleged murderer of Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley’s has been extradited from India to Australia to face charges.
Escorted by seven police officers, he was taken from India’s largest prison Delhi’s Tihar Jail to the Delhi Airport.
Further, news footage shows Rajwinder Singh brought to a window seat on the plane by the Indian authorities. He was then officially handed over to the custody of Queensland Police.
Queensland Police commissioner, Katarina Carroll, last week told media that her officers were in India.
“We’re thankful he will be back in Queensland before our courts but, behind that, there’s always that tragic loss of a young life.”
Rajwinder Singh is escorted by Queensland police officers and is due to arrive at Melbourne airport at about 12.30pm on Wednesday on a Qantas flight from Delhi.
In 2018, the body of 24-year-old Cordingley, who had been out walking her dog, was found on a beach north of Cairns. Her dog was tied up, unharmed, to a tree near where her body was found.
Rajwinder Singh was arrested in December by Delhi police ending his four-year run.
Queensland Police search for Rajwinder Singh was boosted after the government offered a record AUD 1 million reward in November 2022 for information leading to the arrest of the wanted fugitive.
In January 2023, Rajwinder Singh waived his right to extradition. He told media that he wants to “reveal all the details” to an Australian court and added:
“I did not kill the woman.”
Rajwinder Singh will be taken to a Melbourne court before being moved to Cairns in Queensland.