Wednesday 15 August 2018

Former partner of Boyzone founder told French nanny she would eat ex-boyfriend 'raw', court told

Ouissem Medouni (left) and his partner Sabrina Kouider. Photo: Elizabeth Cook/PA
Ouissem Medouni (left) and his partner Sabrina Kouider. Photo: Elizabeth Cook/PA

Emily Pennink

An alleged killer talked of eating her celebrity ex-boyfriend "raw" as she interrogated her French nanny for hours, a court heard.

Sabrina Kouider, (35), was obsessed that Sophie Lionnet was in league with her former partner Mark Walton, who founded Irish band Boyzone, jurors have heard.

The fashion designer and Ouissem Medouni, (40), are accused of torturing the 21-year-old au pair into making a "confession" before killing her and burning the body in the garden of their Wimbledon home.

Jurors have been played hours of recorded interrogations the defendants made in the days before Miss Lionnet's death in September last year.

In them, Kouider shouted and repeatedly demanded to know the location of the house where she claimed Mr Walton had taken her.

Miss Lionnet was threatened with 40 years in jail, with Kouider ranting: "You should be in custody. I'm trying to help you after all and I want you to help me too.

"I help you, you must help me stop a f****** paedophile so you tell me where is the house right now.

"Where is the house. Look at me, Sophie. You have done enough damage already."

Kouider accused her of taking her for "a fool", saying: "If you had told me I would have protected you and would have eaten him raw in front of you."

In one recording made just before midnight on September 11 last year, Medouni likened Miss Lionnet to a French person who gave up Jews to the Nazi Germans.

Kouider went on to say Miss Lionnet had a "dream he will make her a star", as she quizzed her about an alleged indecent assault in a public toilet.

She told her: "He did it to you and you enjoyed it."

Miss Lionnet whispered that he gave her a "massage", but Kouider carried on: "Like what he did to me, hun. You should start screaming... You could have said 'leave me alone'."

The defendant continued to rant about how Mr Walton promised to make Miss Lionnet a "star" and move in the same circles as Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Cruise.

She said: "He sold you a dream and you believed it."

Miss Lionnet rarely spoke and her replies to the couple's relentless questioning were barely audible.

Jurors have heard that none of the allegations against LA-based Mr Walton are true.

Kouider and Medouni have admitted perverting the course of justice but deny murder.

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