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Cordingley murder suspect to return to Qld after India manhunt

The man suspected of killing Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley has spent his first night behind bars in Australia before he is expected to be extradited to face charges.

Rajwinder Singh, 38, arrived in Melbourne from Delhi on Wednesday when a magistrate ordered him to return to the state he allegedly fled from shortly after Ms Cordingley’s body was found on a beach near Cairns in October 2018.

Rajwinder Singh arrives at Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on Wednesday. Credit:MONKEY

Queensland Police are preparing to charge Mr Singh when his flight arrives on Thursday or Friday.

They believe he hid in the state of Punjab after fleeing Australia, leaving his wife and three children at their home in Innisfail.

Detective Acting Superintendent Kevin Goan said Ms Cordingley’s family had been told that Mr Singh would soon return to Queensland.

“They are clearly overwhelmed, but delighted that the judicial process will resume on Australian soil in the very near future,” he told reporters out of court in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Magistrate Martin Grinberg ordered Mr Singh’s extradition to Queensland after learning police had DNA and telephone evidence allegedly linking him to the case.

Police are arranging for Mr Singh to be flown to Queensland on a private jet on Thursday or Friday.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in Cairns later this week.