Tosha Thakkar murder case in Australia update – Parents’ anguish: murdered daughter was their ‘sweet little fairy’

She was their “sweet little fairy”, a peaceful, happy “blessing” who was flourishing in Australia despite being separated from her parents in India.
The family of murdered Indian student Tosha Thakkar, 24, have told a court hearing of the intense pain of losing their only daughter and sister.
I cannot express the pain that I feel all the time, it’s invisible.

Ms Thakkar was living in Sydney and studying accounting when she was killed by her roommate, Daniel Stani-Reginald, in their Croydon flat in March 2011.
Stani-Reginald has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting Ms Thakkar, murdering her and putting her body in a suitcase which he dumped in a canal at a Meadowbank park.
He was arrested a few hours after construction workers connecting an oil line found the suitcase.
A court was told on Monday that Stani-Reginald’s father murdered his mother and was violent to his son as a child, leaving Stani-Reginald with extreme trauma and an obsession with violent and sexual crime.
Ms Thakkar’s parents, Varsabeen and Sunil, who travelled from India to attend Stani-Reginald’s sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court, said her death had affected them mentally and economically.
In a victim impact statement read aloud by a Hindi interpreter they said: “This man has not only taken away [our] daughter, he has also killed our life and all our happiness and our health.”
Ms Thakkar was a trustworthy, caring, confident woman who enjoyed living in Australia, they said.
“She was like a sweet little fairy” who brought “peace and happiness to all of us and a lot of blessings”, they said. “She used to take care of everyone with great love and care. She wanted to help a lot of people.”
Ms Thakkar’s younger brother Dishang said he still found it difficult to accept that his sister was gone.
“I cannot express the pain that I feel all the time, it’s invisible,” he wrote in his victim impact statement.
Kenneth Nunn, a psychiatrist who assessed Stani-Reginald in 2008 after he was charged with arson and malicious damage to property, told the court he had concluded Stani-Reginald suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, however no other specialists agreed with the diagnosis.
Dr Nunn believed that Stani-Reginald, an Australian of Sri Lankan heritage, would commit violent crimes and that a killing was more a “probability rather than a possibility”.
However, Dr Yvonne Skinner said assessments done after the murder, when Stani-Reginald was 19, showed no evidence of a mental disorder requiring involuntary treatment.
Dr Skinner said Stani-Reginald lacked empathy, had few friends or hobbies and had fantasized about committing violent and sexual crimes for years.
“He seems to have spent most or all of his leisure time planning or thinking about committing offences,” Dr Skinner told the court.
‘‘Do you mean offences of rape and murder?’’ asked Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC.
‘‘Yes,’’ she said.
In the months before the murder Stani-Reginald looked up websites to do with rape and killing, according to a computer log tendered in court.
Dr Skinner said Stani-Reginald was not impulsive and had shown no remorse after the killing.
“It is my opinion that it is planned rather than opportunistic,” she said.