A trial date has been set for two people charged after a woman was allegedly murdered and her body parts were found stuffed inside two suitcases.

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, is charged with murdering the woman, who hasn't been named, at her home address in Birmingham.

Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, of Wolverhampton, is accused of assisting an offender, namely Gordon.

The charges relate to the discovery of human remains close to a quarry, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, on Tuesday night.

A judge has described the allegations in the case as "the most appalling type".

Police were alerted after a member of the public reported a vehicle's erratic driving.

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Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, of Wolverhampton, is accused of assisting an offender

The vehicle was located a short while later and two suitcases were found containing human remains.

Gloucestershire Police previously said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further examinations are ongoing to establish the cause of death.

Neither defendant appeared at Bristol Crown Court where a hearing of the case took place on Tuesday morning.

Mr Justice Garnham set a provisional trial date of November 10.

He said an application to transfer the case to Birmingham Crown Court would be heard at a later stage.

The judge granted conditional bail to Sorathiya.

Forensic tents were set up at the scene near Coleford in the Forest of Dean
Police use a search dog in a woodland near to where the human remains were found

No application for bail was made on behalf of Gordon.

"The background to this case are allegations of the most appalling type," the judge said.

"However, this applicant's (Sorathiya) alleged involvement in these appalling alleged events relates to his transporting of the defendant Gordon to the place where she was stopped and they were arrested.

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"There is no suggestion that he was involved in the alleged offence of murder itself."

Conditions of bail include Sorathiya living at his home address, following a curfew between 7pm and 7am, surrendering his travel documents and reporting to his local police station each day.

Gordon is accused of murdering a "person unknown" between April 14 and May 12.

Sorathiya is accused of assisting Gordon between April 25 and May 12.

James Ward appeared for the prosecution during the hearing, while Gordon was represented by Mary Cowe and Sorathiya by Eugene Hickey.