The dead body of 24-year-old Toshar Thakkar was found in a suitcase at Meadowbank on Friday, Mar 11. Some construction workers found the suitcase staffed with her dead body. Watch Tosha Thakkar murder.
19-year-old Storeman Daniel Stani-Reginald, an Australian of Sri Lankan descent, allegedly raped and then killed the victim. Sources reported that the "predator" waited until their housemate was away to sexually assault and kill her.
The case was mentioned briefly in the Burwood Local Court Monday, Mar 14. The case again will face court trial in coming May 2011. Till then the alleged killer will be in police custody.
After the court's trial, the investigative agency's official Pamela Young confirmed that the murder was a predatory act as she stated, "She (the victim) lived next door to him (alleged killer). It was a very unfortunate choice to live there."
"It was not her fault by any means - it was just a very unfortunate choice and it seemed in my view a bit of a time bomb for poor Tosha, living at that address," she added.
However, showing protest outside the court, family members and friends of the victim claimed, "We are very upset, of course, and are just waiting to get justice ASAP. She was very nice, the type that got along with everybody and she didn't deserve this, such a painful death."
Thakkar was studying accounting at the Sydney College of Business and IT, which collaborates with Southern Cross University, and was a permanent resident of Australia.