Nurse accused of murdering Toyah Cordingley breaks his silence with two simple words as he faces an Australian court for the first time
- Rajwinder Singh was extradited from India
- Has been charged with murdering Cordingley
The man accused of killing Toyah Cordingley more than four years ago is facing court in Queensland for the first time.
Rajwinder Singh is charged with the murder of the 24-year-old on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in October 2018.
The 38-year-old appeared via video link dressed in a white T-shirt at Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
The former nurse remained silent at the hearing, except when Magistrate Cathy McLennan asked if he was Rajwinder Singh.
Toyah Cordingley (pictured) was murdered in October 2018 on Wangetti Beach, 40 km north of Cairns
“Yes ma’am,” Singh replied.
Police prosecutors told the court they would produce evidence by April 14, with a commitment for April 28.
Singh has been remanded in custody.
Additional security officers were present at the courthouse and an overflow room had been opened for the public to watch the proceedings.
Rajwinder Singh (pictured centre, wearing a black long sleeve shirt and gray track pants) was charged with the murder of Ms Cordingley on Friday morning
Defense attorney Derek Perkins declined to answer questions from reporters, who harassed him outside the courthouse after the brief hearing.
“Mr. Singh is innocent until proven guilty,” he told reporters.
Singh was arrested in Delhi in November before being extradited from India to Queensland via Melbourne this week.