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UK French nanny’s burned body discovered in London backyard, wealthy couple charged

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    French nanny’s burned body discovered in backyard, wealthy couple charged


    A wealthy European couple is accused of killing their nanny and burning her body in their backyard.

    Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her boyfriend, Ouissem Medouni, 40, allegedly killed their 21-year-old French nanny, Sophie Lionnet, and are charged with her murder, police said.

    A passerby noticed a foul smell and smoke coming from the couple’s home and called the police. Upon investigation, authorities discovered a charred corpse in the backyard on Friday. Though the body was badly burned, local residents identified the victim as Lionnet, the Daily Mail reported.

    An 8-year-old boy made the gruesome discovery when he climbed a wall outside the couples $1.2 million London mansion and noticed a huge bonfire, investigators said. Lionnet’s friends said the nanny, who lived in the house, was paid only $60 a month. She was reportedly very unhappy and apparently planned to go home, even buying a plane ticket, but never arrived.

    Neighbors told police they had not seen Lionnet in several weeks.

    Kouider is the former girlfriend of Irish music mogul Mark Walton, who founded the boy band Boyzone.

    Lionnet lived with the couple for just over a year and cared for two children, ages 3 and 6.

    Police believe the murder happened sometime around Sept. 20, but have not released any possible motive for the crime.

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    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mum appears in court charged with murder after badly burned body of French nanny found in back garden

    A mum has appeared in court charged with murder after the body of her French nanny was found badly burned in their back garden.

    Sabrina Kouider, 34, was detained with Ouissem Medouni, 40, after the charred remains were discovered in Southfields, south-west London.

    The pair - who are believed to have lived at the address with two children - appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court for a short hearing this morning.

    Police have been unable to confirm the age or gender of the dead person because the remains were so badly burned when they were discovered.

    But the suspected murder victim was named locally as au pair Sophie Lionnet, 21, a French woman from Troyes, a town in north-eastern France, who Kouider had hired to look after her children.

    According to other neighbours, Sophie, who had been living in London for 14 months in order to learn English, had not been seen for around three weeks.

    A friend claimed she had been "unhappy" for some time and had been due to return home to France on Monday but never arrived.

    Kouider is charged with the murder of a victim unknown on or before September 20.

    Medouni is charged with the murder of a person unknown between September 7 and September 20.

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