British beauty murdered and dismembered by Jamaican
Stabbed to death at women's refuge for refusing sex with her
The aunt of a woman whose charred and dismembered body was found in suitcases dumped in a forest has shared her horror at the nature of her death.
Phoenix Netts, 28, was killed at a women’s refuge in Lozells, Birmingham where she had been living for a number of months.
Her body was found in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
Now, her aunt, Ana-Liliana Netts, 55, has told MailOnline of her horror at hearing of her niece’s death.
She said: ‘I’m shocked that she has died in such a horrific way.
‘I hadn’t seen her since she was little, but she was a lovely, sweet-natured girl. Her father used to tell me proudly how clever she was.
‘She used to live in Croydon, she was from a very nice family. They must be heartbroken.
‘I haven’t spoken to them since 2005 when my husband Gary died. We sort of drifted apart.
‘I didn’t know that Phoenix had been living in Birmingham. She did have another aunt up there, Gary’s sister.
Suspect, Gareeca Gordon, 27, who was charged with Phoenix’s murder last week, also lived at the seven-bed HMO in the Lozells area of the city, neighbours say.
‘I always remember her as a nice little girl. I’m so sorry she died like this.’
Father of two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender. He was today granted bail
Police say the victim had been ‘sawed in half’ before being burned.
Handyman Mahesh Sorithaya, 38, has been charged with assisting an offender.
It comes as a court heard yesterday how the woman accused of killing her returned to the Forest of Dean four times to dispose of the body.
Yesterday Bristol Crown Court heard that Sorathiya was paid to drive Gordon from a women’s refuge in Birmingham to the Forest of Dean four times between April 24 and May 12.
In 21 April 2021 Gareeca Gordon pleaded guilty to murdering Phoenix Netts between 14 April 2020 and 16 May 2020. She had been due to stand trial the following week, but appeared via video link from HM Prison Eastwood Park before Bristol Crown court to confirm her identity and plead guilty. The Crown Prosecution Service said that Gordon had murdered Netts on 16 April 2020.
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