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Murder investigation – detectives appeal for sightings of distinctive car

25/07/2014

Detectives investigating the discovery of a woman’s body in a burnt out car in Erdington this week are appealing for witnesses to the car’s movements during Tuesday evening.
 
Police discovered the burning car on Tuesday night (22 July) after emergency services were called to Fentham Road. 
 
Detectives are keen to establish the movements of the bright pink Audi A3 convertible and its occupants. From enquiries so far, the car was in the Rubery area of south Birmingham at 6.30pm, then it was driven 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, was arrested and subsequently charged with murder. He appeared before magistrates this morning (Friday) and was remanded in custody until 29 July when he will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.
 
The woman was named in court today as 27-year-old Tia Kounota however the formal identification process by her family has not yet 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.