Body in suitcases: Wolverhampton man charged with helping alleged Birmingham murderer

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A Wolverhampton man and Birmingham woman have been charged and remanded in custody after a woman's remains were found in two suitcases.

Police search a property in Wolverhampton. Photo: @SnapperSK

Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, is accused of killing the unknown woman on a date between April 14 and May 12 at her home address in Birmingham.

She has been charged with murder and faced Cheltenham Magistrates Court by video link on Saturday.

Meanwhile 38-year-old Wolverhampton man, Mahesh Sorathiya, of Denmore Gardens, has been charged with assisting an offender in connection with the case.

Both were remanded in custody.

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

Gordon, of Salisbury Road, Birchfield, Birmingham, spoke only to confirm her name, address, date of birth and Jamaican nationality.

Police search a property in Birmingham. Photo: @SnapperSK

The defendant, who wore a grey sweatshirt, sat behind a table at the Gloucestershire Police custody suite at Compass House for the video link hearing.


The clerk of the court told her: "You are here today in relation to one charge. It is said between April 14 and May 12, 2020, at 20 Salisbury Road you murdered a person unknown.

"This is a matter that can only be dealt with at the crown court and your case will be sent initially to Gloucester Crown Court."

Catherine Jones, prosecuting, told the court: "Given the nature of the charge it will be proceeding to the crown court with no bail."

Matthew Harbinson, representing Gordon, did not apply for bail.


Police search a property in Birmingham. Photo: @SnapperSK

District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai remanded Gordon into custody and ordered her to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday, May 19.

"This case can only be heard at the crown court. Initially it will go to Gloucester Crown Court and may go to Birmingham Crown Court but that is for the crown court to resolve," the judge told her.

"The next hearing will be on May 19. I cannot deal with bail and the first opportunity to apply for bail will be on May 19.

"For that period you will be remanded into custody. It is most likely that will be on the video link."

Police search a property in Birmingham. Photo: @SnapperSK

Appearing after Gordon was Sorathiya, 38, of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton, who is accused of assisting an offender, namely Gordon, on a date between April 25 and May 12.

The defendant, who wore a grey sweatshirt and sat behind a table, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and British nationality.

Ryan O'Donnell, defending Sorathiya, applied for bail but the application was refused by the district judge.

Like Gordon, he was also remanded into custody to appear before Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday via video link.

The pair were arrested on Tuesday after police were alerted when a member of the public reported suspicions about a vehicle due to its erratic driving.

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

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

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