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 Woman Who Murdered Her Housemate After She Refused To Have Sex With Her Is Sentenced To 23 Years To Life

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A woman who murdered her friend and dismembered her body after she refused to have sex with her, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 23 and a half years.

Gareeca Gordon, 28, murdered Phoenix Netts, also 28, at the property where they both lived in Birmingham on April 16 last year.

Gordon, a Jamaican national stabbed Miss Netts four times, causing fatal injuries, before cutting her body into six parts with a circular saw she bought on Gumtree for £45.

Gordon admitted to killing Ms Netts after being accused of stabbing the former student to death at the HMO property the pair shared in Lozells, West Birmingham, on 16 April.

The killer pleaded guilty to the murder a few days before she was due to stand trial.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said the victim had told a friend in February that Gordon had “demanded sex with her” and became “aggressive” when she refused.

On 7 April, she texted a friend: “There’s a girl here who keeps asking me to be sexual. I think I’m going to move back to London. It’s scaring me lol.”

Bristol Crown Court heard that Gordon called the Samaritans on 11 April and appeared “tipsy”.

“The clear focus of the call was Ms Gordon describing that she liked another woman and wanting to have sex with her,” Mr Smith said.

“At one stage Ms Gordon said either that her loins were warming up or were hot.”

Ms Netts’ last-known contact was a phone call with a friend in the early hours of 16 April.

Internet searches including “how to fix punctured lung”, “internal bleeding” and “can someone recover from getting stabbed” were made on her phone between 1.04 pm and 3.07 pm, the court heard.

The victim had been stabbed four times in the front of her torso but according to a post-mortem, she would have lived if she had got swift medical help.

Another woman living in the shared accommodation heard drilling and banging noises, as well as shouts of “help me, help me”, Mr Smith told the court.

She said Gordon had gone to ‘considerable efforts to dispose of the remains of Ms Netts and to pretend she was still alive in ‘cold and calculated’ messages to her friends and family.

‘You impersonated Ms Netts in a substantial number of WhatsApp messages to her mother, including requests for money,’ the judge told Gordon.

‘You impersonated her in messages. You noted expressions that Ms Netts used by listening to audio files Ms Netts had on her phone.’

Gordon had no previous convictions, apart from two offences of shoplifting. She had been diagnosed with a personality disorder as well as a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sentencing Gordon to life with a minimum term of 23 years and six months at Bristol Crown Court, judge Mrs Justice Cutts described Miss Netts as a ‘deeply loved’ person.

‘Her future was looking bright, shining and promising. A fresh start was ahead of her,’ the judge told Gordon

‘You robbed her of that fresh start. You took her from the supportive parents who loved and cherished her.’

Justice Cutts told Gordon that her personality disorder may explain ‘in part’ why she killed Ms Netts but it had not “distorted” reality for her at the time.

Mrs Justice Cutts said: ‘Gareeca Gordon for the murder of Phoenix Netts I sentence you to life imprisonment.

‘You will serve a minimum term of 23 years and six months. Thereafter, it will be for the parole board to decide when, if ever, you should be released.

‘If you are ever released, you will remain on licence for the rest of your life.’

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JUST IN: Gunmen Shoot Four Persons Dead In Rivers Again

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Gunmen have reportedly invaded the Kono Boue community in the Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State and shot four persons dead. The incident was said to have occurred in the wee hour of Saturday.

They were said to have shot sporadically when they entered the community, dowing four persons in the process.

Reports filtering in from the community said among those killed included one Lekara Bira, 32 and Torka, 40 and two others.

It was also gathered that the gunmen, in possession of Ak-47 rifle shot indiscriminately at any young man on sight.

The tragic incident has been confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Kono Boue Community Development Committee(CDC), Golden Nwibakpo, who in an interview with our Correspondent decried the incessant killings in Kono Boue.

Nwibakpo claimed that the four men who were killed allegedly did not belong to any Cult group and were law-abiding citizens of the community.

Nwibakpo suggested that the Police authority should establish a Police station in the community to curb the incessant killings, and urged the Rivers State Government to make the deplorable road in the community motorable to ensure proper patrol of the area by security agencies.

He further disclosed that the Community has been deserted as residents had fled the crisis-ridden Community to Bori town the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area.

It would be recalled that unknown gunmen penultimate Sunday killed Nkpa Awolowo, a 58 year-old Man in the Kono Boue community.

However, at the time of filing this report, the State Police Command has not officially confirmed the incident.

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Cult Clashes: Man Arrested Over ‘Killing Of Cousin’ In Edo

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a man identified as Igboje Victor, for allegedly taking part in the killing of his cousin brother during a rival cult fight.

Igboje was among the 54 suspects paraded by the Edo State Police Commissioner, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, for involving in various crimes in the state.

According to the commissioner, the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, cultism, rape among others.

The incident, it was learnt, happened in Sabogida-Ora Opuje community Owan West local government of Edo State.

In an interview with Daily Trust, Igboje denied involvement in the killing.

“I was not involved in the killing of my brother but was arrested because I am a member of Eiye cult group while my late brother is in Aiye group.

“In our community, we used to sell Indian Hemp to make money but the Aiye group used the drug business to arrest Eiye members through the police”.

“The leader of both group scheduled a meeting at night to resolve the issue,” he said.

He however added that, on the day of the meeting, Aiye members laid an ambush and shot at Eiye members while on their way to the venue of the meeting, killing one of them who was later taken to the mortuary.

“The brother of the deceased, who is a military officer, said they should go and bury the boy because of his mother”

“After the burial, I went to the neighbouring community to buy food but when I returned, I learnt that Eiye members had gone to attack an Aiye member who happened to be my cousin and he died as a result of the injury he sustained.”

He said he was not among the group that attacked his brother, adding “because we belong to rival cult groups, they said I was the one that killed him and I was arrested by police alongside others.

“I was not even there when my brother was attacked. I didn’t kill my brother,” he said.

The commissioner of police, however, said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

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JUST IN: Three Cops Feared Dead As Gunmen Raze Delta Police Station

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Gunmen have reportedly killed three policemen during an attack on Nsukwa Police Divisional Headquarters, Aniocha South LGA.

It was learnt the attack, which occurred around 1.00 am on Sunday, led to the collapse of parts of the roof of the police station.

Details of the attack were still sketchy as of press time.

The Nation gathered an uneasy calm has enveloped Nsukwa, a small agrarian community, following the attack with residents fleeing to neighbouring communities.

The Nation learnt the gunmen, who arrived on foot, launched the attack from a thick forest behind the ill-fortified station.

Although identities of the slain policemen have not been declared, sources in the community claimed they include an Inspector, sergeant and a Corporal.

The fate of a lone detainee at the station remains unknown as of press time.

Sources in the community said that there were sporadic shootings that lasted for about one hour.

Several policemen have been killed in attacks in different parts of Delta State but no police station has been razed until this.

Delta Police Commissioner, Ari Ali, who declined comment said: “Speak with the police public relations officer”.

Efforts to reach the Delta Command image-maker, Bright Edafe, proved abortive as his lines rang out several times.

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