Killer who hid roommate’s dismembered body in suitcases jailed for life

Gareeca Gordon, 28, has been sentenced for the murder of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts (Picture: PA)

A woman who murdered her roommate and hid her body in suitcases has been jailed for life.

Gareeca Gordon, 28, fatally stabbed Phoenix Netts, 28, at the property they shared in Birmingham, on April 16, last year.

Gordon dismembered the victim’s body with a circular saw before making several trips to the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, to conceal her remains in suitcases.

Bristol Crown Court heard she then carried out a series of ‘detailed, organised actions’ to pretend Miss Netts was still alive while she disposed of her body.

She sent messages, emails and made voice calls to Miss Netts’ family and friends while purporting to be the victim, telling them she was moving to London.

Internet searches including ‘how to fix punctured lung’, ‘can someone recover from getting stabbed’ and ‘internal bleeding’ were made between 1.04pm and 3.07pm on the day of the murder, the court heard.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family file handout photo issued by West Midlands police of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts, whose remains were found in suitcases last year. Gareeca Conita Gordon, 28, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to murdering Phoenix Netts at Bristol Crown Court. Issue date: Tuesday May 4, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Forest. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ms Netts was killed in April, last year (Picture: PA)
Ms Netts’ remains were found in suitcases in the Forest of Dean (Picture: Andrew Lloyd)

A post-mortem examination found Miss Netts had suffered four stab wounds to the front of her torso, heard the court.

Gordon was arrested on May 12 after officers found her beside a quarry near Coleford in the Forest of Dean with two suitcases, which contained the remains of Miss Netts.

Gordon was later charged with murder and was due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on April 21.

Speaking after Gordon pleaded guilty to murder, Lesley Milner of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: ‘Gareeca Gordon committed a truly gruesome crime and tried to cover her tracks.

Gareeca Conita Gordon. See SWNS story SWBRsuitcase. A female killer has admitted murdering a woman whose dismembered body was found dumped in separate suitcases. Gareeca Conita Gordon, 28, pleaded guilty today (Wed)to killing Phoenix Netts, also 28, whose remains were discovered near a beauty spot last year. The two met while they were both living at a homeless shelter in Birmingham, a court heard. Ms Netts was believed to have been killed there before her dismembered body was packed in bags and transported 80 miles to the Forest of Dean near Coleford, Glos,.

Gordon previously admitted murdering her roommate (Picture: SWNS)

‘Thankfully, the remarkable and detailed police investigation in identifying Phoenix Netts led to the CPS building a compelling case against Gordon, which resulted in her pleading guilty.

‘She has now accepted the totality and consequences of her actions.’

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