Murder suspect Rajwinder Singh applies for extradition back to Australia to fight Toyah Cordingley case

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Murder suspect Rajwinder Singh applies for extradition back to Australia to fight Toyah Cordingley case

A man accused of killing Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley has applied to be extradited from India to Australia to face trial for her murder.

Former Queensland nurse Rajwinder Singh was arrested in November by Indian police in Delhi after the Queensland government announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

Mr Singh has been wanted for the murder of Ms Cordingley, 24, who was killed while walking alone with her dog at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in October 2018.

On Saturday, he formally made an application expressing his consent to be extradited to Australia.

The prosecution hopes Mr Singh will go to Australia for the trial within the month, but a new judge has been appointed to the case meaning it could take time before that happens.

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Toyah Cordingley was brutally murdered at Wangetti Beach in 2018 while walking her dog.(Facebook: Vanessa Gardiner)

Police allege Mr Singh, who is an Australian citizen, flew to India a day after Ms Cordingley’s death and had been avoiding authorities in India’s northern Punjab region.

Early in November, the Queensland government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the location and arrest of Mr Singh.

It was the largest reward offered in the state’s history.

The Australian government applied to extradite Mr Singh to stand trial for Ms Cordingley’s murder.

The Indian government’s lawyers have said they want to see the extradition case completed as quickly as possible.

Previous extradition hearings have taken years, which could lengthen what has already been a long process for Ms Cordingley’s family.

Mr Singh is due to face court again on Tuesday.

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