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Thursday, 24 May 2018

More on the couple found guilty of murdering their nanny in Southfields


Two people have been found guilty of murdering their nanny and burning her body in their garden in Southfields.

Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni killed 21 year old Sophie Lionnet last September.

A court heard they interrogated her over a bizarre obsession accusing her of being in league with one of the founders of Boyzone.

A post-mortem examination on Sophie’s body could not determine the cause of death and it was only weeks later, in October, that Sophie was able to be identified through DNA.

Ruth Bowskill from the Crown Prosecution Service says the case was unusual.



Detective Inspector Domenica Catino, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "As the investigating officer in this case I am satisfied that the verdict has bought some justice for Sophie but of course it will never bring her back.

"I cannot imagine what thoughts were going through Sophie’s mind whilst being held a prisoner in those 12 days leading up to her death but from the harrowing images obtained it showed a scared, broken and emaciated young girl who probably knew she was shortly facing death.

"I believe that we are Sophie’s voice telling of the torment, abuse and torture she suffered and today she has finally been heard.

"This has been an extremely harrowing and tragic case. Both Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider have robbed Sophie Lionnet, who was only 21, of her promising life and took her from her family and friends, who will never again get to see a beloved daughter, sister and friend.

"We will never know the full extent of the horrors Sophie had to endure as not all the ‘interrogations’ were recorded.

Even in death the torture, abuse and humiliation continued by placing her partially-clothed body into a suitcase with no regard for even a semblance of a burial, before taking the callous decision to burn her in an attempt to hide their murderous act.

"Again during the trial the abuse and humiliation of Sophie continued as Kouider portrayed herself as the victim and made wild accusations against Sophie and her mother.

It was clear that together the couple made the decision to torture Sophie and then in a cowardly fashion blamed each other for her death.

They were determined to do whatever it took to get what they wanted and neither one took any steps to help Sophie, it was always about them.

"By Kouider and Medouni burning Sophie’s body to such an extent, it deprived her family of seeing her to say their goodbyes.

No-one has the right to take that away from a mother or father, again it shows the cruel, evil nature of Kouider and Medouni - there were no boundaries for these two; no humanity, no compassion.

"I cannot praise Sophie’s family enough for their support and dignity maintained throughout the trial. I have personally seen their suffering, and they are the ones who are really serving a life sentence.

"I would like to thank the French Embassy and consulate for their assistance along with those involved in the prosecution.

I would also like to highlight the excellent work of my investigation team and commitment in getting justice for Sophie."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm  

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