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Monday, 6 July 2020

Exposed: The dark history of an eerie beach where a young tourist was 'sexually assaulted' on the same sand Toyah Cordingely was raped and murdered

  • Toyah Cordingley, 24, was raped and murdered on Wangetti Beach, Queensland
  • On Saturday, a tourist was allegedly sexually assaulted on the same beach
  • Back in 2015, wanted paedophile Garry Amey was found floating in the shallows
  • Months later a man stumbled into the tiny town after being tortured for 42 hours
A young tourist was allegedly sexually assaulted by a predator on the same beach as Toyah Cordingley was raped and murdered.
Wangetti Beach in Far North Queensland has a disturbing criminal history of rape, paedophilia, and torture over just the past five years.
Ms Cordingley, 24, was strangled as she walked her dog along the beach on October 21, 2018, and her naked body dumped in sand dunes.
The prime suspect, Rajwinder Singh, fled to India the same day, abandoning his wife and three children, and has never been arrested.
Toyah Cordingley, 24, was strangled as she walked her dog along the beach on October 21, 2018, and her naked body dumped in sand dunes
Less than two years later, on Saturday, a 26-year-old woman from Cairns was taking photos on the side of Captain Cook Highway about 9am.
The 20-year-old, who can't be named, approached her and struck up a conversation before asking if she could drive him back to his car, police said.
The pair then took a walk along the beach, where he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, pushed her down, and tried to rape her - but she fought him off and fled.
The man was arrested and will face Cairns Magistrates court on Monday charged with assault with intent to rape.
He is from the Kowanyama Aboriginal community on the other side of the Cape York Peninsula and went to Abergowrie College between Cairns and Townsville.
Wangetti Beach in Far North Queensland has a disturbing criminal history of rape, paedophilia, and torture over just the past five years
Wangetti Beach in Far North Queensland has a disturbing criminal history of rape, paedophilia, and torture over just the past five years
Wangetti Beach is about 40km north of Cairns, and is a quiet area - but also a reception black spot, frequented by 'odd bods' and vagrants
Wangetti Beach is about 40km north of Cairns, and is a quiet area - but also a reception black spot, frequented by 'odd bods' and vagrants
He was allegedly caught drink driving just before the alleged sexual assault, but got back in his car and drove his unlicensed car until he saw the woman.
The man's lawyer said his client claimed the encounter, which occurred just a couple of hundred metres from where Ms Cordingley's body was found, was consensual. 
He was granted bail on the condition he return to Kowanyama and stay there.
The small beachside community of just 14 houses was already reeling from Ms Cordingley's murder.
Locals and hundreds more from nearby areas mounted a huge search before her body was found, and put up signs and printed 9,000 bumper stickers pleading for information.
Ms Cordingley's heartbroken father Troy found his daughter's body himself as he frantically joined the search after she went missing.
Suspicion initially fell on a pervert who was photographed masturbating on the beach in the middle of the day, before Singh was singled out.
Rajwinder Singh travelled to India the day after Toyah's body was found and is believed to be the prime suspect wanted for questioning
Rajwinder Singh travelled to India the day after Toyah's body was found and is believed to be the prime suspect wanted for questioning
Ms Cordingley's heartbroken father Troy (pictured together) found his daughter's body himself as he frantically joined the search after she went missing
Ms Cordingley's heartbroken father Troy (pictured together) found his daughter's body himself as he frantically joined the search after she went missing 
Sadly the idyllic beach is no stranger to sex crimes. 
In October 2015, wanted paedophile Garry Amey was found floating in the shallows two weeks after he failed to return from a walk in Cairns.
He was 'severely dehydrated' and sunburned in what was thought to be a miraculous feel-good story until it was revealed he was on bail for child sex abuse.
Amey, a computer technician, admitted to stealing photos of 10 different children from his client's devices and posting them online.
The then-60-year-old edited the images to put the children's faces on naked adult bodies and shared them on social media site Tagged under the alias 'Sally Wilson'.
He also hid behind bushes and took photos of two naked children playing on a beach with their families.
Police found 3,587 images, 785 of which were unique, of girls aged 10 to 15 on his computer.
Wanted paedophile Garry Amey was found floating in the shallows two weeks after he failed to return from a walk in Cairns
Wanted paedophile Garry Amey was found floating in the shallows two weeks after he failed to return from a walk in Cairns
Amey pleaded guilty to nine charges including making, possessing and distributing children exploitation material, indecent treatment of a children under 12, and fraud.
He was jailed for 18 months, suspended after three months.
Wangetti Beach was embroiled in another strange crime when Maitland Chitty stumbled into Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in February 2016.
Mr Chitty, then 26, had walked for a day through bushland after being kidnapped and tortured for 42 hours over a drug deal gone wrong.
Melchor Garcia, Aaron Lions, Jacob Butler, Marc Veronese, and Kody Schieber were all convicted of their various roles in the grisly crimes.
A court heard Mr Chitty had agreed to swap a bag of meth for guns but failed to come up with the goods and was tortured in retribution.
Mr Chitty was thrown in the boost of a car, taken to a shipping container and tied to a crossbeam with a noose around his neck and a pillow case over his head.
There he was bashed with an axe handle and lump of timber, stabbed him twice in the arm with a knife, choked, kneed, and punched.
Garcia also threatened to cut off his toes and kill him - all while his friend Dean Guest was forced to watch.
Maitland Chitty stumbled into Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti Beach in February 2016 after being tortured for 42 hours
Maitland Chitty stumbled into Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti Beach in February 2016 after being tortured for 42 hours
Melchor Garcia (pictured) tortured Mr Chitty and threatened to cut off his toes and kill him
Marc Veronese (pictured) helped with the kidnapping
Melchor Garcia (left) tortured Mr Chitty and threatened to cut off his toes and kill him, and Marc Veronese (right) helped with the kidnapping
Garcia's 22-year-old girlfriend Schieber testified against the others and was given 15 months probation for 'reluctantly' helping to move Mr Chitty around
Garcia's 22-year-old girlfriend Schieber testified against the others and was given 15 months probation for 'reluctantly' helping to move Mr Chitty around
'He screamed in pain,' Justice James Henry said as he sentenced Garcia to seven years jail over 24 crimes including the kidnapping and torture of Mr Chitty.
'Blood was dripping down Chitty's arms and pooling under his feet. He begged for forgiveness. He bled so profusely his shirt was drenched in blood.' 
Mr Chitty was then taken to remote bushland, forced to swallow five sleeping pills, tied to a tree with a noose around his neck and left for dead.
But he was able to free himself and hike to Wangetti Beach, where Hartley's owner Paul Freeman gave him a sandwich while paramedics were on their way.
Garcia's 22-year-old girlfriend Schieber testified against the others and was given 15 months probation for 'reluctantly' helping to move Mr Chitty around.
'You could do anything from walking on a catwalk at an international level to being a scientist,' a judge told her.
Locals at the time of Ms Cordingley's murder admitted the hideous crime had them living in fear and tourists avoiding the town.
David 'Prong' Trimble said in the two weeks after her death, he was able to count the amount of people on Wangetti Beach and its neighbouring shorefronts 'on two hands'.
Locals at the time of Ms Cordingley's murder admitted the hideous crime had them living in fear and tourists avoiding the town
Locals at the time of Ms Cordingley's murder admitted the hideous crime had them living in fear and tourists avoiding the town 
Ms Cordingley was  murdered while while walking her dog on the beach (pictured). The dog was found tied to a tree unharmed
Ms Cordingley was  murdered while while walking her dog on the beach (pictured). The dog was found tied to a tree unharmed
Locals and hundreds more from nearby areas mounted a huge search before her body was found, and put up signs and printed 9,000 bumper stickers pleading for information
Locals and hundreds more from nearby areas mounted a huge search before her body was found, and put up signs and printed 9,000 bumper stickers pleading for information 
'Usually you've got cars, people, dogs, on those beaches there, but I reckon I could count 10 people on 20 different beaches,' he told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
'I've never seen it so bare. My wife won't walk around by herself anymore. It's changed people's ways, their lives.
'Out at Wangetti, there's a little township. They were very free and easy living people, and now they've all bought security screens and doors, it's changed the way they lived.'
Douglas Shire mayor Julia Leu said acts of violence were so rare in the beach towns of Far North Queensland that residents were anxious for answers.
'That someone could be murdered walking their dog along a beach in broad daylight is shocking because to us because we are known as a very safe, welcoming, and friendly community,' she said.

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