20 May 2020 14:35
Trigger warning: this story contains information that some readers may find distressing. West Midlands Police have released a tragic statement naming the woman whose dismembered body was found in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean as Phoenix Netts. Her remains were discovered close to a quarry on 12 May. Phoenix's name has been shared with the public as the trial date has been set for two people who've been charged over the discovery of her body. A woman, Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with murdering Phoenix in her home between 14 April and 12 May, and a man, Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, currently stands accused of assisting an offender between 25 April and 12 May. The police statement says it's unclear where exactly Phoenix was when she died, "Exactly where Phoenix, who lived in Birmingham, was killed is still unknown. Officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened." They're still appealing to anybody with information to come forward.
Phoenix's family released a statement saying: "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. This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. We've named the woman found dead in the Forest of Dean last week as Phoenix Netts, aged 28.
Two people have appeared in court charged over Phoenix's murder today, and we're continuing our investigation to establish where she died. Full story ⬇️ — West Midlands Police - #StayAlert (@WMPolice) May 19, 2020 "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." Both Gordon and Sorathiya are expected to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August. Our thoughts are with Phoenix's family and friends at this time. Cosmopolitan UK's June issue is on sale now - buy it online with FREE next day delivery or subscribe here to get 6 issues for just £6. Jennifer Savin Features Writer Jennifer Savin is Cosmopolitan UK's Features Writer, specialising in investigative reports, health and relationships, alongside writing the odd entertainment or lifestyle story. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io THE ex-boyfriend of of a murder victim whose body was found in a suitcase has today claimed she had previously been raped. Phoenix Netts, 28, is thought to have been living at a women's refuge in Birmingham when she was killed - chopped in half and stuffed into two bags. 7 Phoenix Netts was just 28-years-old when her body was found chopped in half and stuffed into two suitcases 7 A murder investigation has been launched into the young woman's death, with two people appearing in court Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures Police have launched a murder investigation - with two people appearing in court over her death this week. And Phoenix's ex today described the young woman as "kind and quiet" who had struggled with the trauma of a previous sexual assault. He told the Mail Online: "She told me and one other friend of hers that she had been raped by a drug dealer. "Phoenix was kind and quiet, but also vulnerable. I was ignorant to peoples' mental health at the time, so I wouldn't have been able to analyse then as I can now. I don't know which way her life went after we split up, but it clearly went south. Tragically, the young woman's body was found by Gloucestershire Police last Tuesday night after the driver of a Vauxhall was spotted with concerns they were flouting the coronavirus lockdown. Officers discovered the body parts stuffed in two suitcases. Prosecutor James Ward QC told the court this week: "When they opened the suitcases, the police said it smelled of barbecue and the smell was sickening from the decomposition." FAMILY'S AGONY Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, who also lived at the seven-bed refuge in Birmingham, has been charged with murder after the grim discovery was made last week. Married dad-of-two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was charged with assisting an offender after the body parts were discovered. A provisional trial date was set for November 10 this year. The Times today revealed Gordon, 27, lived in the room opposite to Phoenix in the seven-bedroom terraced property in Lozells. It is understood Phoenix had grown up in Croydon, south London before relocating to the Midlands - later moving into the women's refuge late last year. Phoenix's family issued an emotional statement in response to her tragic death on May 12. It read: "As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix. "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." Neighbour Wahidur Rahman, 50, said: "Phoenix was a really nice young girl. "I thought something might have happened to her because I hadn't seen her in a while." 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"We'd urge anyone with any information about the tragic loss of Phoenix's life to get in touch with us." 7 Phoenix was found dead in the Forest of Dean 7 Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, appeared in court charged with assisting an offender Credit: Midlands Media Agency Phoenix was living in a women's refuge in Birmingham before she died Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures 7 Police raided a property in Wolverhampton after the discovery Credit: SnapperSK 7 A detective can be seen scouring the forest after the arrest Credit: � Andrew Lloyd 7 Police stopped a car after suspicions it was breaking the coronavirus lockdown Credit: � Andrew Lloyd We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4368.