45 years jail for OZ teenager who killed Gujarati woman
This is the chilling moment an Australian teenager who raped and strangled his neighbor, calmly carried her body out of the building in a suitcase...
This is the chilling moment an Australian teenager who raped and strangled his neighbor, calmly carried her body out of the building in a suitcase before dumping it in a canal. On Saturday Daniel Stani-Reginald, now 21, was sentenced to 45 years in jail for killing Tosha Thakkar, 24, Gujarati woman in Sydney. He was 'studying how to become a serial killer,' and had planned his crime for months in advance as part of his 'education', a Sydney court heard. Sentencing him to a maximum 45 year jail term on Friday, Justice Derek Price said Stani-Reginald had shown no capacity for empathy or any remorse for the cruel and premeditated crime. 'There is documented evidence he had been planning similar offences for a period of years, gradually becoming more focused,' Justice Price said as he set a non-parole period of 30 years. 'Notwithstanding her efforts to survive, the offender strangled her, which was extremely cruel,' Justice Price said. 'The last minutes of her life must have been horrifying. This was a terrible way for the deceased to die.'
In the weeks leading up to the 2011 murder, Stani-Reginald had visited 9,500 online articles and websites dedicated to serial killers and rapists.A Stani-Reginald has pleaded guilty to raping and strangling the accountancy student, and is due to be sentenced by Sydney Supreme Court. Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC urged a judge to impose a life sentence on Stani-Reginald, saying he is capable of seeking notoriety as a serial killer, NineNewsNational reports. Instead of attending university or forging a career, Stani-Reginald 'made a deliberate decision to school himself on how to become a serial rapist and murderer,' Tedeschi said. Ms Thakkar from Gujarat had moved to Australia two years earlier to take a post-graduate in accounting at the city's Southern Cross University. The brutal killing took place in the home of Ms Thakkar, who lived in the same house as Stani-Reginald in the Sydney suburb of Croydon, on March 9, 2011. Stani-Reginald had spent the morning 'studying' the sentences of serial killers and watching pornography focusing on the 'degradation of Indian women,' the court heard. After the murder, Stani-Reginald jumped in a cab and transported Ms Thakkar's dismembered body, which he had put in a suitcase, to a canal at Meadowbank, Sydney where it was found two days later. After dumping the body, he visited a shopping centre before returning home to continue his morbid studies and even spoke to Ms Thakkar's boyfriend as police investigated her disappearance. Stani-Reginald was not found to have been under any influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the murder and has not shown remorse, Tedeschi said, 'There's not the slightest suggestion he was horrified by what he had done. The community would be justifiably aggrieved if he were to receive a sentence less than life imprisonment," Tedeschi said.