Sydney court sends man to 45 years in jail for rape and murder of Vadodara girl in 2011

New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Derek Price sentenced Daniel Stani-Reginald to a maximum of 45 years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years.

Written by PTI | Melbourne | Published: May 18, 2013 3:07 am

A 21-YEAR-OLD Australian man was Friday sentenced to 45 years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years for the “planned and premeditated” rape and murder of a student from Vadodara,Tosha Thakkar.

New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Derek Price sentenced Daniel Stani-Reginald to a maximum of 45 years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years. With time served,he will be eligible for parole in March 2041.

Stani-Reginald strangled 24-year-old Thakkar to death with a cable,stuffed the body into a suitcase and dumped it in the canal off the Parramatta River on March 21,2011,when he was only 19,the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

He and Thakkar,who was an accountancy student,lived in neighbouring apartments in a boarding house on Edwin Street,Croydon in Sydney’s inner west.

On the morning of the attack,Stani-Reginald waited for his victim’s roommate to leave and then confronted Thakkar as she walked back from a communal bathroom.

He then raped and assaulted her and strangled her with a black coaxial cable,the paper said.

Thakkar’s body was discovered in a large black-cloth case floating in a canal near Meadowbank Park by workmen undertaking regular maintenance on an oil line,it said.

“The offender strangled her,an extraordinary cruel act,” Judge Price said,adding the accused had shown no remorse,empathy or contrition for the pain he had inflicted.

“The last moments of her life must have been terrifying. This was a terrible way to die,” he said. It was heard that the crimes had a “strong sexual element” and that Stani-Reginald had been planning them for months beforehand.

Stani-Reginald also viewed thousands of disturbing internet articles and websites on notorious rapists and serial killers and other cases such as Dean Shillingsworth,the toddler whose body was dumped in a suitcase.

He also read judgments on the sentences of notorious killers and viewed pornography relating to Indian women.

“There’s documented evidence that he had been planning the murder for a number of years prior,” Price said,adding,“The callousness of the act is disclosed in the calm manner in which the offender booked the taxi and took the body to Meadowbank. His lack of empathy is evident from the articles he viewed online before and after the murders.”

Satisfied with verdict,says mother

The parents of Vadodara girl Tosha Thakkar,who was raped and murdered in Sydney in March 2011,said they were satisfied with the 45-year jail term given to 21-year-old Daniel Stani-Reginald by the Sydney Supreme Court on Friday. They,however,added they’d have been happier had the court sentenced him to life imprisonment.

“Our family is satisfied with the sentence as we feared the court might not give him more than 20-25 years sentence because he was a teenager and was believed to be mentally ill. Prosecutors had sought he be given life imprisonment as the murderer showed no remorse for his act and could have committed the crime again once he was out of jail,” Tosha’s mother,Varsha Thakkar,said.

The judge at the Sydney Supreme Court sentenced Stani-Reginald to 45 years of imprisonment,with no parole for a minimum 30 years. “We would have been really satisfied had the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. Prosecutors have said they will try to ensure that he does not come out on bail even once during his 45-year sentence,” Sunil Thakkar,Tosha’s father,said.

“Our relatives in Sydney called up at 9 in the morning to inform us about the verdict. They were at the court when the judge delivered the sentence,” Thakkar said.

On March 21,2011,twenty-four-year-old Tosha was raped and murdered in Sydney by Stani-Reginald who lived in the neighbouring flat. He later pleaded guilty of his crime,but his lawyer tried to defend him on the ground that he was mentally ill,subjecting him to several psychiatric tests. While Stani-Reginald’s lawyer tried to seek no more than 20-25 years jail term for him,the lawyer representing Tosha’s family sought enhanced sentence on the ground that the murderer was preparing to become a serial killer and could commit such crime again once he was out.

It was found by the police during the course of the investigation that the murderer accessed over 9,000 websites for tips to become a serial killer. According to reports,the judge at the Sydney Supreme Court,while delivering the sentence,said the offender committed “an extraordinary cruel act” and that “his lack of empathy (was) evident from the articles he viewed online before and after the murder”.

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