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 Indian student 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 Sydneys inner west. On the morning of the attack,Stani-Reginald waited for his victims 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.
Thakkars 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 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.