A British father and husband is accused of helping an alleged murderer mutilate and cut up a woman and then put her body parts in suitcases, The Sun reports.
Authorities near Birmingham, England, charged 38-year-old Mahesh Sorathiya on Saturday with helping a 27-year-old woman, Gareeca Conita Gordon, dispose of a dead body. Gordon is facing a murder charge.
Investigators believe the macabre activities occurred inside a property that one unnamed police source said looked like a slaughterhouse.
“It was like a bloodbath,” the source told newspaper.
The remains were found near a quarry at a park after those living in the area notified authorities about a suspicious-looking vehicle that was being driven erratically.
On Friday, police officers could be seen canvassing the area and the neighborhood where Sorathiya lived. Sorathiya worked as a tradesman and those who lived near him said he seemed like a quiet, family-oriented person. Sorathiya and his wife have two teenage children, and the family lives in a five-bedroom home on a cul-de-sac.
“It’s so shocking,” Tesman Raju told the Sun. “They are a lovely family. I never had a bad word to say about them.”
He added: “I saw them all just the other week cleaning their car on the driveway. There didn’t seem to be a problem.”
Investigators are waiting on the results of DNA analysis to determine the identity of the victim, the BBC reports.
Both Sorathiya and Gordon were refused bail and appeared in court Saturday.
Birmingham is about 120 miles northwest of London and south of Liverpool.
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