Horrifying moment police find dismembered body of murdered woman in a suitcase

Police have revealed the horrifying moment officers found a dismembered body inside a suitcase.

The remains of Phoenix Netts, 28, were discovered near Coleford in the Forest of Dean at about 11pm on May 12 last year.

She had been brutally murdered and cut up with a circular saw by "evil" Gareeca Gordon, who on Tuesday was sentenced to a minimum term of 23 years and six months at Bristol Crown Court.

Gordon, also 28, stabbed Phoenix four times, causing fatal injuries, before dismembering her body and trying to hide it in the New Forest.

In footage released by West Midlands police, who coordinated the investigation, an officer from Gloucestershire police can be heard reacting with "what the f***" as he makes the grim find as they questioned an increasingly irate Gordon by the side of the road.

Gordon was arrested after officers found her beside a quarry with two suitcases found to contain the remains of Phoenix.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Andrew Smith QC said Phoenix had told a friend in February that Gordon had "demanded sex with her" and became "aggressive" when she said no.

On April 7, Phoenix sent a text message to a friend stating: "There's a girl here who keeps asking me to be sexual.

"I think I'm going to move back to London. It's scaring me lol."

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The last known contact Ms Netts had was a phone call with a friend in the early hours of April 16.

He attempted to ring her back that afternoon but did not get through.

Her phone was used to make internet searches including "how to fix punctured lung", "internal bleeding" and "can someone recover from getting stabbed" between 1.04pm and 3.07pm that day, the court heard.

A post-mortem examination found Phoenix had suffered four stab wounds to the front of her torso but would not have died had she received prompt medical attention.

Following the murder, Gordon purchased a circular saw on Gumtree for £45 and it was delivered to the property shortly before 11am on April 17.

Mr Smith said the post-mortem examination found the saw was used to dismember the body of Phoenix when it was either clothed or partially clothed.

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The court heard Gordon made a number of trips to the Forest of Dean and attempted to burn the remains of Ms Netts in woodland there.

Bristol Crown Court heard the family of Phoenix Netts have been deeply affected by her death.

Mr Smith, referring to victim personal statements from Phoenix's mother and father, said: "Both statements speak of the profound, understandable and enduring loss experienced through the loss of a much-loved daughter with whom they expected to share the next chapter of her life."

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Her father Mark Netts said in his statement: "Our lives have been irreversibly changed and the anguish is indescribable."

The court heard her mother, Saskia, described herself as "forever devastated, forever empty".

Detective Chief Inspector John Turner, who led the initial investigation in Gloucestershire, described Gordon as "evil".

He said: "This has been an extremely distressing investigation which not only impacted the officers who first attended the scene, but also all of those who have been involved in the complex case since that day.

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"The officers who attended that night were presented with a set of truly horrific circumstances and if it wasn’t for their inquisitive nature I believe we may not have ever found Phoenix's body.

"As the investigation unfolded it became clear that Gordon had come up with an elaborate plan in order to try and hide her abhorrent actions. She is truly the most callous, calculating, and evil person I have ever dealt with."

Gareeca Gordon has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years and six months.

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