Toyah Cordingley’s family is dealt another devastating blow on the same week her alleged killer was brought back to Australia charged with her murder on a remote beach

  • Toyah Cordingley’s beloved dog Indie dies from cancer
  • Comes as accused killer arrives back in Aus to face court

The dog that was with a young woman when she was allegedly murdered more than four years ago has died in the same week the woman’s alleged killer has returned to Australia.

The life of Toyah Cordingley’s beloved dog Indie ended after it had been suffering from cancer.

‘Her dog Indie had to be put down,’ Mr Cordingley, Toyah’s father, said.

The pup had been found tied to a tree at Wangetti Beach near where his 24-year-old daughter’s body was found, he told the Cairns Post.

Indie, Ms Cordingley's beloved dog had to be put down this week after suffering from cancer (pictured, Ms Cordingley with 'Indie' in 2017)

Indie, Ms Cordingley’s beloved dog had to be put down this week after suffering from cancer (pictured, Ms Cordingley with ‘Indie’ in 2017)

In October, 2018, Mr Cordingley found his daughter’s body half-buried in the sand in the state’s north a day after police allege she was murdered.  

He says he hoped he would find the strength to attend her court case, and all he could do now is hope.

‘I feel I owe this to Toyah,’ he said.

‘But this won’t bring her back.’  

He hoped no-one would ever have to go through the pain his family suffered, the father said.

Rajwinder Singh (pictured centre, wearing a black long sleeve shirt and grey trackpants) was extradited to Cairns on Thursday before being charged with Ms Cordingley's murder on Friday morning

Rajwinder Singh (pictured centre, wearing a black long sleeve shirt and grey trackpants) was extradited to Cairns on Thursday before being charged with Ms Cordingley’s murder on Friday morning

News of her dog’s demise came as Ms Cordingley’s accused killer, Rajwinder Singh, 38, was extradited to Cairns on Thursday. 

The 38-year-old was arrested in India in November, 2022 on suspicion of the young woman’s murder.

Mr Cordingley expressed his wishes for the community to allow the case to run smoothly.

‘I ask the Cairns community to please respect the judicial process and not speculate or do anything which could impact the court case.’

Mr Singh will face the courts again in April.



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