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Woman pleads guilty to murder and dismemberment

|News, Violent crime

A woman has pleaded guilty to the murder and dismemberment of 28-year-old Phoenix Netts.

Gareeca Gordon, 28, entered a guilty plea at the hearing today (21 April 2021) at Bristol Crown Court for the murder of Phoenix Netts and concealing her dismembered body in two suitcases.

On 12 May 2020, at about 11.05 pm, Gareeca Gordon was seen by police officers standing close to Stowfield Quarry, Coleford, in the Forest of Dean with two large suitcases containing the body of the victim.

She was arrested and charged with murder to appear in court on 26 April 2021 for her trial. However, five days before her trial, she appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the murder of Phoenix Netts.

On 16 April 2020, Gareeca Gordon murdered Phoenix Netts in the shared accommodation property where they both lived. Following this, she carried out a series of detailed, organised actions to suggest that Phoenix Netts was alive while taking steps to dispose of her body.

She contacted friends and family of the victim by messages, emails and sometimes voice calls, pretending to be her and indicating that she was leaving the address and moving to London. She also purchased a circular saw to dismember the victim's body and made several visits to the Coleford area before her arrest on 12 May.

Lesley Milner of the CPS 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. Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Phoenix Netts for their tragic loss."

Notes to editors

  • Lesley Milner is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.
  • Gareeca Gordon will be sentenced on 4 May 2021.

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