Rajwinder Singh: Toyah Cordingley’s alleged killer arrested in New Dehli, India, four years after murder

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Rajwinder Singh, prime suspect in murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley on a beach in 2018has been arrested in India.

He was arrested in New Delhi on Friday after previously hiding in Punjab state, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

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He is due in court later in the day, which is expected to begin an extradition process to stand trial in Australia.

Carroll said police received information about his whereabouts before he was arrested by Indian law enforcement.

“I am so pleased that we can now make further progress in bringing closure to her (Cordingley’s) family,” Carroll said.

“It was never a case of if, only when this day would come.

“I am very confident that we have a strong case to present to the courts.”

Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley was killed in 2018. Credit: 7NEWS

Singh, a former nurse in Innisfail, has evaded capture after fleeing Australia for India two days after 24-year-old Cordingley was found dead in the dunes at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in 2018.

Queensland police had recently offered a $1 million reward for information on Singh’s whereabouts.

Carroll said she did not yet know if the reward led to Singh’s capture, but she was happy to pay the money if it did.

“I’ll be happy to write that check,” she said.

State Police Commissioner Mark Ryan said the investigation has involved hundreds of officers and thousands of hours.

Three Queensland detectives traveled to India this month to assist local authorities in their search for him.

Rajwinder Singh is the main suspect in the murder of the woman Toyah Cordingley in north Queensland. Credit: Delivered

“This is a unique environment for us to operate in … This is – for lack of better terminology – an international manhunt,” Cairns Detective Inspector Kevin Goan told 7NEWS in New Dehli on November 7.

“This is a heinous crime. The nature of the attack on Toyah was horrific.”

Asked if the authorities would be able to catch Singh, the Goan replied: “I think we will.”

“I have a high degree of confidence that we will achieve our goals,” Goan said.

Cordingley’s family, who have fought tirelessly for justice, have yet to comment on Singh’s capture.

Toyah Cordingley, 24, was found dead on Wangetti Beach north of Cairns in October 2018. Credit: AAP

Her mother Vanessa Gardiner spoke when the reward was issued, describing her daughter as “beautiful (and) spiritual”.

“Her life was taken far too soon. “I see her friends and stuff getting married with kids and stuff now and thinking about everything she’s missed out on in her life,” Gardiner said.

“She was just supposed to start her first full-time job on Monday, which never happened.”

Several Indian news media covered the reward, and law enforcement officials hoped it would prompt someone close to Singh to disclose his whereabouts.

$A1 million converted to about 55 million Indian rupees.

7NEWS reported earlier this month bounty hunters were interested in participating in the manhunt.

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