Video footage has revealed the shocking moment a killer was discovered dumping body parts of her dead flatmate in suitcases.
Gareeca Gordon, 28, was jailed for life yesterday for murdering Phoenix Netts, 28, in the Birmingham house share they both lived in.
Bristol Crown Court heard Ms Netts was killed on April 16 last year – days after she told a friend Gordon had ‘demanded sex with her’ and became ‘aggressive’ when she refused.
Gordon dismembered the body with a circular saw she bought online, before making several trips to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire to dispose of the remains in suitcases.
But officers caught up with her on May 12 last year after receiving reports of a suspicious car in a secluded area during lockdown.
Gordon was spotted with the suitcases at the entrance to the forest, and when police attempted to open them she tried to stop them.
‘You’re going to get arrested for obstructing police,’ an officer is heard telling her in bodycam footage.
‘I don’t want to stop you guys,’ Gordon replied, ‘Can I just explain because, as I said before, I don’t – I’ve had issues…’
The officer then made her step away, and is then heard gasping and saying, ‘what the-‘ before the footage cuts off.
Police spent weeks piecing together the actions of Gordon in the month after she fatally stabbed Ms Netts.
She carried out a series of ‘detailed, organised actions’ to fake that Ms Netts was still alive, including sending messages to her victim’s friends and family pretending to be her.
Sentencing Gordon to a minimum term of 23 years and six months, Mrs Justice Cutts described Ms Netts as a ‘deeply loved’ person who had been planning to move back in with her parents in London.
‘Her future was looking bright, shining and promising. A fresh start was ahead of her,’ the judge told Gordon.
‘You robbed her of that fresh start. You took her from the supportive parents who loved and cherished her.’
Andrew Smith QC, prosecuting, said Ms Netts had told a friend in February that Gordon had demanded a sexual relationship with her.
Ms Netts sent a text message to a friend on April 7 saying: ‘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.’
‘There’s no doubt you were pressing Ms Netts for sex in the days and weeks leading up to the murder,’ the judge added.
The last known contact Ms Netts had was a phone call with a friend in the early hours of April 16, who tried to ring her back in the day but she did not answer.
Another woman living in the shared accommodation with Ms Netts and Gordon heard noises of drilling, banging and cries of ‘help me’ that day.
Gordon was 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 this year.
Speaking after Gordon pleaded guilty to murder, Lesley Milner of the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘Gareeca Gordon committed a truly gruesome crime and tried to cover her tracks.
‘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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