Aussie gets 45 years for killing Indian

AFP-JIJI

An Australian man who raped and strangled his Indian student neighbor and threw her body into a canal in a suitcase was jailed Friday for 45 years for the “horrifying” murder.

Daniel Stani-Reginald, 21, had plotted to rape and murder a woman for years before choosing Tosha Thakkar, a 24-year-old accounting student who lived in an adjoining room at his Sydney boarding house, the Supreme Court heard.

He read thousands of Internet articles on serial killers and sex attackers before assaulting Thakkar in March 2011 and throttling her with a cable in a crime described by judge Derek Price as “extraordinarily cruel.”

Though his father had murdered his mother in his presence when he was 10 years old, leaving him a state ward, psychiatrists who examined Stani-Reginald found no evidence of mental illness.