Shocking bodycam footage of the moment police discovered a dismembered body in a suitcase has been released.
The remains were those of Phoenix Netts, 28, who had been brutally murdered and cut up with a circular saw by her roommate Gareeca Gordon. Gordon, also 28, stabbed Ms. Netts four times and caused fatal injuries before dismembering her body and trying to hide it last year.
In footage released by the police, an officer can be heard responding with “What the F ***” while making the grim find while interviewing an increasingly angry roadside Gordon. She was arrested on the scene and investigators soon unraveled her web of lies, which included how Gordon had misled Mrs. Netts’ friends and family through text messages, emails and voice messages that she was still alive and had moved to London.
Gordon was arrested by police near Coleford in the Forest of Dean at around 11 p.m. on May 12 last year. Gloucestershire Police officers found her next to a quarry with two suitcases in which the remains of Mrs. Netts were found. Andrew Smith QC opened the case on charges, saying Ms. Netts told a friend in February that Gordon “requested sex with her” and became “aggressive” when she said no.
On April 7th, Ms. Netts sent a text message to a friend saying, “There’s a girl here who keeps asking me to be sexual. I think I’ll be moving back to London. It scares me, lol . ” The last known contact Ms. Netts had was a phone call to a friend in the early hours of April 16. He tried to call her back that afternoon but couldn’t get through. reports The Mirror.
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Her phone was then used to conduct internet research, including “how to fix a lung puncture,” “internal bleeding” and “can someone recover from a sting” between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm that day, the court heard . An autopsy revealed that Ms. Netts had four stab wounds in the front of her upper body, but would not have died if she had received immediate medical attention.
After the murder, Gordon bought a circular saw Gumtree for £ 45 and it was delivered to the property just before 11am on April 17th. Mr Smith said the autopsy revealed that the saw was used to carve up Ms. Netts’ body when it was either clothed or partially clothed.
“The dismemberment took place on five different parts of the body and divided the body into six parts,” he told the court. The court heard that Gordon made several trips to the Forest of Dean and attempted to burn Mrs. Netts’ remains in the forest there.
Bristol Crown Court heard that the Phoenix Netts family was deeply affected by her death.
Referring to the personal testimonies of the victim’s mother and father, Mr Smith said: “Both testimonies speak of the profound, understandable and lasting loss caused by the loss of a beloved daughter with whom she entered the next chapter of you wanted to share life. “
He told the court that the pain experienced by the family was “compounded by knowing the nature of their death and the accused who embodied them.” Her father Mark Netts said in his statement: “Our lives have changed irreversibly and the agony is indescribable.”
The court heard that her mother, Saskia, described herself as “forever devastated, forever empty”.
Detective Chief Inspector John Turner, who led the initial Gloucestershire investigation, described Gordon as “evil”.
He said: “This has been an extremely worrying investigation, affecting not only the first-time officials, but everyone involved in the complex case since that day. The officials who were present that evening , became a series of really dire circumstances, and if it hadn’t been for her curious nature, we probably would never have found Phoenix’s body. As the investigation played out, it was clear that Gordon had worked out an elaborate plan to try to get her hideous to hide She really is the most callous, calculating, and angry person I have ever dealt with.
“This has been a painstaking and painstaking case by both forces that resulted in Gordon pleading guilty and spared Phoenix ‘family further distress from hearing the case in court. I would like to thank my colleagues in both forces for their determination and hard work Persistence has got Gordon behind bars for her horrific and heartless crimes. “
Gareeca Gordon was sentenced to a minimum life sentence of 23 years and six months.