16 May 2020 20:30
A woman has appeared in court charged with murder following the discovery of human remains in two suitcases. Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, appeared before Cheltenham magistrates court on Saturday accused of killing a woman between 14 April and 12 May 2020 at her home address. The defendant sat behind a table at the Gloucestershire police custody suite at Compass House for the videolink hearing. He was also remanded into custody to appear before Gloucester crown court on Tuesday via videolink. The remains were discovered close to a quarry near Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday night.
Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, faced Cheltenham Magistrates Court by video link this morning, accused of killing the unknown woman on a date between April 14 and May 12 at her home address in Birmingham. A 38-year-old Wolverhampton man, Mahesh Sorathiya, of Denmore Gardens, has been charged with assisting an offender in connection with the case. The defendant, who wore a grey sweatshirt, sat behind a table at the Gloucestershire Police custody suite at Compass House for the video link hearing. Catherine Jones, prosecuting, told the court: "Given the nature of the charge it will be proceeding to the crown court with no bail." District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai remanded Gordon into custody and ordered her to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday, May 19. Appearing after Gordon was Sorathiya, 38, of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton, who is accused of assisting an offender, namely Gordon, on a date between April 25 and May 12.
Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was held by police after the remains of a woman were found in two suitcases dumped near a quarry in the Forest of Dean. The tradesman, who has a wife and two teenage children, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning via video link. District Judge Joti Bopa Rai remanded him in custody. A woman from Birmingham, 27-year-old Gareeca Conita Gordon, who is charged with the woman's murder, also appeared in court on video link. No application for bail was made and the judge also remanded her in custody.
Wearing a grey jumper, Ms Gordon was told during the first hearing that she is charged with murdering a so far unidentified woman between April 14th and May 12th at Salisbury Road in Birchfield, Birmingham. Police are awaiting results of DNA tests to establish the identity of the victim, whose torso was found in one suitcase and other body parts in another case when police stopped the defendants in the area of Staunton, nr Coleford, Glos, on Tuesday night. Ms Jones, prosecuting, said "The investigation began with a road traffic stop by police in Forest of Dean. She said the body was decomposing when police found it in the suitcases. The judge refused bail and remanded Mr Sorathiya in custody until the Gloucester Crown Court hearing on May 19. The court was told that it was likely that any future hearings would be held at Birmingham Crown Court. A woman has been remanded in custody after human remains were discovered in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean. Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, was charged with murder at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court after a female victim has killed at some point between April 14 and May 12. Gordon, of Salisbury Road, Birchfield, Birmingham, spoke only to confirm her name, address, date of birth and Jamaican nationality. The defendant, who wore a grey sweatshirt, sat behind a table at the Gloucestershire Police custody suite at Compass House for the videolink hearing. The clerk of the court told the defendant: "You are here today in relation to one charge. Catherine Jones, prosecuting, told the court: "Given the nature of the charge it will be proceeding to the crown court with no bail." District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai remanded Gordon into custody and ordered her to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on May 19. The charge relates to the discovery of human remains close to a quarry, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, on Tuesday night. Police were alerted after a member of the public reported suspicions about a vehicle due to its erratic driving.