Rajwinder Singh, an Indian-origin man who the Delhi Police arrested on Friday in connection with a murder in Queensland, Australia, in 2018, has reportedly admitted to the crime.

Singh, one of Australia’s most wanted men, reportedly told the police that he killed Toyah Cordingley on Wangetti Beach on October 21, 2018, after her dog barked at him.

Queensland Police

Argument over dog barking led to murder

According to the police, Singh, originally from Buttar Kalan in Punjab, had gone to the beach after a fight with his wife. He was carrying some fruits and a kitchen knife.

Cordingley was walking her dog on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns in Queensland. Singh and Cordingley got into an argument after her dog barked at him.

This resulted in Singh, an Indian-origin Australian citizen attacking and allegedly killing Cordingley. He then buried the body in the sand and tied the dog to a tree.

Singh, who used to work as a nurse, fled Australia two days after the murder leaving behind his family.

Four-year hunt for the suspect

His last known location was India and the Queensland Police had recently stepped up their efforts to nab him.


Earlier this month, the Queensland Police had announced a record 1 million Australian dollars (Rs 5.2 crore) reward for information on him.

The one million Australian dollars was said to be the largest ever offered by Queensland police.

Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Singh (38), following which the Patiala House Court issued a non-bailable warrant on November 21 under the extradition act.

Singh was arrested in Delhi

A senior police officer said that based on inputs shared by the CBI, which is the nodal agency of the Interpol in India, and their Australian counterparts, the accused was nabbed near the GT Karnal Road by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.


“On November 25, at around 6 a.m., specific inputs were shared by CBI/Interpol and Australian counterparts following which in an intelligence-based operation, the accused was apprehended by the team of Special Cell from near GT Karnal Road,” a senior Delhi Police official said.

‘We waited for years’

Welcoming Singh’s arrest, Wayne “Prong” Trimble, who has been speaking on behalf of Cordingley’s family, told Australian media that they had been waiting for this for years. 

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“We are absolutely over the Moon at the moment. We’re still taking it all in. We’ve been at this for years now, so the end might be coming for this part of the chapter anyway,” he said.

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