Wednesday 20 June 2018

Couple accused of killing French nanny admit attempting to dispose of body

The victim was named locally as Sophie Lionnet, 21, a nanny from Troyes, a town in north-eastern France
The victim was named locally as Sophie Lionnet, 21, a nanny from Troyes, a town in north-eastern France
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A couple who deny killing a French nanny have admitted perverting the course of justice by attempting to dispose of her body by burning it.

The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields, south-west London, on September 20 last year.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Ouissem Medouni (left), 40, and his partner Sabrina Kouider, 34, appearing at the Old Bailey in London, where they are accused of murder following the discovery of charred human remains in a garden in Southfields.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Ouissem Medouni (left), 40, and his partner Sabrina Kouider, 34, appearing at the Old Bailey in London, where they are accused of murder following the discovery of charred human remains in a garden in Southfields.

At first police were unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was that of Ms Lionnet, of Wandsworth, who was originally from Troyes in north-east France.

Designer Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south London, deny murdering Ms Lionnet on or before September 20 last year.

They pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday to a second charge of perverting the course of justice by attempting to "dispose of the body of Sophie Lionnet by burning".

Wearing a white shirt and black blazer Kouider appeared tearful as she sat in the dock.

She was helped to follow the hearing by a French interpreter.

Her partner, dressed in a burgundy sweatshirt, paused for a short time before entering a guilty plea to perverting the course of justice.

The defendants face a five-week trial starting on March 19 this year.

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