A car found burnt out in Erdington on Tuesday, with the body of a woman inside, had been sighted in Rubery earlier that evening. And police are appealing for further sightings as they attempt to piece together events.

Emergency services were called on Tuesday night (22nd July) to a bright pink Audi A3 convertible on fire in Fentham Road, Erdington. A murder investigation was launched when the body of a woman was found inside the car.

Detectives are keen to establish the movements of the car and its occupants. The car was seen in the Rubery area at 6.30pm, being into the city centre at 7.30pm and then into Erdington before it was discovered alight at 8.30pm.

Anyone who may have seen the car between 6.00pm and 8.30pm is asked to contact force CID.

Damian Dinobewei, 34, of Pershore Road, appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 29th July.

The woman was named in court as 27-year-old Tia Kounota, however the formal identification process by her family had not been carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Warren Hines said: “This car is very distinctive as it was recently re-sprayed in a very bright pink; it is not a standard factory colour. It also has black alloys with five spokes which again is not standard for an Audi.

“We know the convertible had its roof up when it was in Erdington but it is possible it may have been down earlier in the evening.”

Anyone with information is asked to call force CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


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