Pair appear in court in connection with murder of woman found sawed in half in suitcases in Forest of Dean – The Sun

A PAIR have today appeared in court in connection with the murder of a woman found sawed in half in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean.

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, was charged with murder after the grim discovery was made last week.

Married dad-of-two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was charged with assisting an offender after the body parts were discovered.

The pair did not appear at Bristol Crown Court today for a brief hearing.

A provisional trial date was set for November 10 this year.

The judge granted conditional bail to Sorathiya, but no application for bail was made on behalf of Gordon.

He said: "The background to this case are allegations of the most appalling type.

"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.

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

The bail conditions 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.


Police are now waiting on DNA results to formally identify the victim but neighbours claim she lived at the same women's refuge in Birmingham as Gordon.

It is understood the woman was last seen in April with her phone disconnected on Tuesday.

Forensic officers were seen at the council-licensed refuge at the weekend combing for clues.

A neighbour said: “A lot of women who come and go from that house. It’s a women’s refuge- so they are all running from something.
“There are no men allowed. You hardly ever see men going in there.

“I’ve been told that the victim lived in the house – I thought it was the girl who lived on the ground floor because I hadn’t seen her for a while.

“Thankfully, I saw her the other day.

“There are seven bedrooms but only four were occupied. The remaining women have been moved out.”

Tradesman Sorathiya moved to Wolverhampton three years ago from Slough, Berkshire, with his wife. The Indian couple are said to have two teenage children.

Cops swooped on a man and woman who were said to be driving suspiciously near Coleford, Gloucestershire.

They discovered the body parts stuffed in two suitcases. It is understood there had been attempts to burn the remains.

Officers later raided a property in Birmingham and discovered the grisly murder scene which is said to have resembled an abattoir, The Sun understands.

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.

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