A well-to-do couple were arrested and charged in a London court for the murder and burning the remains of their French nanny, after neighbors reported a “weird barbecue” smell to cops and the au pair’s scorched body was found in the backyard of their posh home, according to reports.
French-Algerian designer and makeup artist Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her boyfriend Ouissem Medouni, 40, were been accused of killing Sophie Lionnet, 21, in London on Friday, the Guardian reports. The pair killed the French nanny sometime between September 7 and September 20, met police said.
Sabrina Kouider appeared in court, Friday with boyfriend Ouissem Medounni, both charged with murder after the burned body of a person believed to be French national Sophie Lionnet was found in a South West London garden
The badly burned body was discovered Wednesday in the garden of their home in London.
Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni are alleged to have killed the victim on or before 20 September at the address in Wandsworth, south-west London, UK.
Initially investigators were unable to tell the age or gender of the body because of the level of burns, but local media reported that the victim was Sophie Lionnet, a nanny from Troyes, north-east France, who is said to have worked for Kouider.
Kouider, a makeup artist and designer, is the former girlfriend of Mark Walton, who was part of the initial lineup of the boyband Boyzone, and current beau Medouni, were remanded in custody at Westminster magistrates court to appear at the Old Bailey on 26 September.
A friend of victim’s revealed she had come to London to learn English but found it difficult adapting: “Sophie had been unhappy for a long time, so unhappy she left to stay with one of her few friends for two nights last month.
“She had finally decided to go home, though, and had just asked her mum to send her £40 so she could afford the fare. She was supposed to have gone back on Monday. She never arrived.”
Social gadfly Sabrina Kouider constantly posted photos of her soirées with friends
Self-styled designer Sabrina Kouider enjoyed an active social life while the girl she mistreated was not getting paid, locals said
Cops found Lionnet’s remains outside the ritzy $1.2-million residence on Wednesday after neighbors spotted them starting a big fire, but it didn’t smell like they were grilling burgers.
“My young son called out, ‘If you are having a barbecue, are we allowed to come?’”, said one neighbor.
“I told him, ‘no that’s not a barbecue, that’s a bad smell.’ I thought they may be burning leaves.”
The body was so badly burned that cops couldn’t initially tell if it was a man or a woman, police sources said.
Lionnet had been living with the family for about 14 months, caring for Quider’s 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son whom she had with ex-boyfriend Mark Walton, THe Los Angeles base music business mogul who founded Irish boyband Boyzone. In spite of the tremendous workload, Kuider allegedly was paying the live-in nanny just $68 a month, according to reports.
Police forensics team transport remains believed to be Sophia Lionnet for autopsy
The nanny was apparently miserable and had been scheduled to return home Monday — but never arrived, a friend told the Telegraph.
Informed sources revealed that the nanny Lionnet had to work long hours to care for the two children, while Kouider, who claims to work as a stylist, make-up artist, fashion designer and songwriter, had been enjoying a busy social life. A regular poster on social media, the French-Algerian mother frequently posed for glamorous pictures on nights out at various restaurants.