Reginald chose not to appear in the dock yesterday as Ms Thakkar’s grieving friends crowded Burwood Local Court. No wonder, he is probably shit scared for his life, and so he should be the bloody coward
Mr Stani-Reginald, who is of Sri Lankan heritage, did not seek bail, and the case was adjourned to May 9.
According to police charge sheets tendered to the court, Mr Stani-Reginald raped and murdered Ms Thakkar between 10.35am and 1pm last Wednesday, at Croydon, in Sydney’s inner west.
Mr Stani-Reginald and Ms Thakkar lived in separate apartments above an empty and dilapidated shopfront on Edwin Street, Croydon, and The Australian understands this is where the murder took place
What an awful way to die, great to see him arrested so quickly, the cops nabbed him as soon as he used a credit card to check into a motel. The man was a neighbour of the victim…
(An interesting fact relating to the accused murderer, is he was witness to his own father killing his mother with a clublock (steering wheel lock) in their home in September 2001. The father was sentenced to 16 years in 2003, and is eligible for parole in September 2012…) Link to the court document
The body of Tosha Thakkar was stuffed into a suitcase which construction workers spotted in a canal near Meadowbank Park on Friday as they were doing maintenance on an oil pipeline.
Daniel Stani-Reginald, 19, who lived close to Ms Thakkar in Croydon, was arrested at an Ashfield motel on Saturday and appeared via video link in Parramatta Local Court yesterday.
He glanced at the Indian students who poured into the court in their dozens, filling the chairs and every centimetre of floor space, and then bowed his head for the duration of the hearing.
Charged with aggravated sexual assault and murder, he did not apply for bail and it was formally refused, with the matter adjourned to Burwood Local Court today.
Outside the court, the students held up a poster that read: ”We want justice for our Indian international friend Tosha Thakkar”. They said they had ”no idea” whether the attack was racially motivated.
Anish Popli, the husband of Ms Thakkar’s first cousin, said nobody had cause to attack her. ‘She wouldn’t hurt or harm anybody.”
She had been living in Australia for three or four years and did not fit the profile of a fresh-faced arrival vulnerable to attack. ”It’s not like she’s never been here – she knew her way around,” he said.
Southern Cross University extended its condolences to Ms Thakkar’s family, friends and colleagues, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
The university is providing counselling and support services to students and staff.
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