First picture of woman whose body was found severed in suitcases in Forest of Dean

First picture of woman whose body was found severed in suitcases in Forest of Dean

West Midlands named the victim as 28-year-old Phoenix Netts – just over a week after her butchered body was dumped in a beauty spot.

Her heartbroken family paid tribute to her in a statement, and said: “As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix.

“We ask most humbly that our family’s privacy is respected whilst we grieve and come to terms with the loss of Phoenix in such tragic circumstances.

“Whilst we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone can understand why we need to be left alone at this very difficult time.

“We have family and good friends supporting us and our thanks go out to all of them.

“We would also like to thank all the police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity.”

This comes after two men appeared in court earlier today in connection with Miss Netts’ murder.

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, was charged with murder, while Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was charged with assisting an offender after the grim discovery last week.

A provisional trial for November 10 has been set.

Police officers swooped on a man and woman who were said to be driving suspiciously near Coleford, Gloucestershire, and found the body parts stuffed in two suitcases.

They then raided a property in nearby Birmingham and discovered the horrific murder scene.

Today, the judge ranted conditional bail to Sorathiya, but no application for bail was made on behalf of Gordon.

Gordon is accused of murder between April 14 and May 12, while Sorathiya is accused of assisting her between April 25 and May 12.

Neighbours claimed Miss Netts lived as the same women’s refuge in Birmingham as Gordon.

Forensic officers were seen at the refuge over the weekend as they searched for vital evidence.

One neighbour said: “A lot of women who come and go from that house. It’s a women’s refuge- so they are all running from something.

“There are no men allowed. You hardly ever see men going in there.

“I’ve been told that the victim lived in the house – I thought it was the girl who lived on the ground floor because I hadn’t seen her for a while.

“Thankfully, I saw her the other day.

“There are seven bedrooms but only four were occupied. The remaining women have been moved out.”

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Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 15:30:00 +0000