A man and a woman have been charged after the torso and body parts of a woman were found in dumped suitcases in England’s south west.
Mahesh Sorathiya, a 38-year-old married dad-of-two from Wolverhampton, was held by cops after the human remains were found in the Forest of Dean this week.
Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with murder, while Sorithaya has been charged with assisting an offender.
Both were remanded in custody to appear before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court via video link on Saturday.
The victim, thought to be a woman from the Lozells area of Birmingham, has not been named pending DNA results.
Police detained a couple who were said to be driving suspiciously near a quarry in Coleford, Gloucestershire.
Neighbours in Wolverhampton told of their shock as police descended on Sorathiya’s five-bed home in a quiet residential cul-de-sac.
The tradesman moved to the home three years ago from Slough, Berkshire, three years ago with his wife, Redha.
The Indian couple are said to have two teenage children.
Neighbour Tesman Raju, 74, said: “It’s so shocking. They are a lovely family – I never had a bad word to say about them.
“I saw them all just the other week cleaning their car on the driveway. There didn’t seem to be a problem.
“I considered them to be friends. When their father died, they knocked on my door and I went to their funeral. We got on well with them.
“The son is a nice guy. He didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. All the family is nice to talk to.
“It’s such a shock to see the police here.”
A Mercedes remained parked in the drive of the house but there was no sign of the family’s white Range Rover, bought as a Valentine’s Day present for Redha.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “They are a well off family”.
“Police officers have been knocking on doors asking questions but they’re not telling us much.”
‘LIKE AN ABATTOIR’
The property in Birmingham – the suspected murder scene – was described as being ‘like an abattoir’.
A source close to the investigation told The Sun: “It was like a bloodbath. They found a circular saw and the woman had been cut up the middle.”
Sorithiya and Gordon were charged by Gloucestershire Police on Friday night.
A spokesman said: “A woman has been charged with murder in connection with the discovery of human remains in the Forest of Dean on the evening of Tuesday 12 May.
“Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020.
“Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, has been charged with assisting an offender on or before 12 May 2020.”