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Australia offers 1million rewards for information about Indian nurse suspected in 2019 murder case


By PTI IST (Released)

Rajwinder Singh, 38, who worked as a nurse in Innisfail, is the main person of interest in the case but fled the country two days after Cordingley’s death, leaving behind his job, wife and three children in Australia, the statement added.

Australian police on Thursday announced a record $1 million reward for information aimed at arresting an Indian nurse who fled to India after allegedly murdering a 24-year-old woman on a Queensland beach in 2018.

Toyah Cordingley was walking her dog on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns in Queensland, when she was killed on October 21, 2018, Queensland Police said in a press release.

Rajwinder Singh, 38, who worked as a nurse in Innisfail, is the main person of interest in the case but fled the country two days after Cordingley’s death, leaving behind his job, wife and three children in Australia, the statement added.

Police are now offering A$1 million ($633,000), the highest amount ever offered by Queensland police, for public information in the ongoing search for Singh, Acting Detective Superintendent Sonia Smith noting that “the reward is unique”.

“We know that Singh left Cairns on October 22, the day after Toyah’s murder, and then flew from Sydney to India on October 23. His arrival in India has been confirmed,” she said.

Singh is from Buttar Kalan, Punjab, police said.

“We confirmed today that Singh’s last known location was India.” An investigation center has also been established in Cairns and police officers from across the state who can speak both Hindi and Punjabi have been flown in, the statement said.

These officers will be able to receive information from anyone in India who may know Singh’s whereabouts via WhatsApp, he said.

“We strongly believe there are people in Australia and overseas who could share information about the whereabouts of Rajwinder Singh. Now is definitely the time for you to come forward and tell us what you know. said Smith.

“We know that people know this person, they know where this person is and we are asking these people to do the right thing,” Police Minister Mark Ryan told reporters on Thursday.

“This person is accused of a very heinous crime; a crime that tore a family apart. Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford said in a statement that this was the first time an initial A$1 million reward had been offered in Queensland.

“We are very grateful for the government’s support in approving this significant award which we believe will help us find Rajwinder Singh,” she said.

“It is essential that we capture the attention of an international audience to reach this individual.

“The police won’t give up – we remain incredibly committed to finding answers for Toyah’s family and will do everything in our power to put a stop to it.” Cordingley’s mother, Vanessa Gardiner, spoke Thursday about the award and her “beautiful and spiritual” daughter.

“His life was taken far too soon. I see her friends and all that getting married with kids and that now and I think of all the things she missed in her life,” Gardiner said.

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


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