The family of murdered Phoenix Netts have released new pictures of their loved one as they described the ‘senseless act of violence which ended her life at a young age.’
The 28-year-old was stabbed to death and left to die at an HMO property in Lozells on April 16, last year.
She was later dismembered and her body was discovered in two suitcases by officers in Gloucestershire Police in the Forest of Dean on May 12.
Garecca Gordon, also 28, who lived in the same multi-occupancy home in Salisbury Road, pleaded guilty to murder after the victim “spurned a sexual relationship” with the killer. Today (May 4) Gordon was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 23-and-a-half-years.
Her family said they had “finally got justice for for Phoenix” and released a series of heartbreaking pictures of her.
In a statement, released by West Midlands Police, they said: “We have today finally got justice for Phoenix.
“We would like to thank all the police officers, from all the forces involved in the investigation, especially West Midlands Police. Without their dedication and tireless hard work, we would not have justice for Phoenix and the answers we needed.
“We would like to thank Andrew Smith, his legal team and the CPS for their dedication in bringing this case to its rightful conclusion.
“We would like to thank Victim Support, especially all our case workers who has been so supportive throughout this ordeal.
“We would like to thank the good members of the public who first reported suspicious behaviour which led to the arrest of the perpetrator.
“Without them we may never had known what happened to Phoenix.
“We thank our families, close friends, neighbours and Phoenix’s friends, for the support, love and understanding during the last year.
“Phoenix was entirely blameless. I hope that this is now clear to everyone. She was the victim of a senseless act of violence which ended her life at a young age.
“She was greatly loved by her family and we cared for her very much.
“We’re aware there has been speculation on social media suggesting otherwise but this is not the case; we too received messages from Gordon pretending to be Phoenix.
“Hopefully now, Phoenix will be treated with the respect she deserves. Our families will continue to try and heal our lives the best we can.
“We again ask that our privacy and Phoenix’s memory is respected whilst we continue to grieve. Thank you.”