Sarah Mayhew’s body was found “cut into pieces with powertools”, a court has heard. 

The 38-year-old's remains were found in Rowdown Fields in New Addington at around 9am last Tuesday (April 2). 

On Thursday morning (April 11) Gemma Watts, 48, of Holmbury Grove in Croydon, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Bronzefied. 

Watts and Steven Sanson, 44, of Burnell Road in Sutton, are accused of murdering Sarah on March 8 then disposing of her body. 

Prosecutor Tom Little KC said Sarah’s body had been cut into a number of pieces with the use of powertools. 

Judge Philip Katz KC set a provisional trial date for February 17, 2025. 

Watts and Samson will be asked to enter pleas in June this year. 

Watts was remanded into custody at the end of the brief hearing. 

Samson will appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday afternoon. 

Sarah's family have been informed of the charges and are being supported by officers, the Met said.

Commander Andy Brittain, who leads policing in Croydon, said: “I would like to thank the detectives and officers across the Met whose expertise continues to enable this speedy and thorough investigation.

“The local community has also offered much support during this time, as officers carried out this vital work, and we are very appreciative of their efforts.

“My sincere condolences are with Sarah’s family, and we will continue to support them as the investigation progresses.”