Couple Guilty In French Nanny Murder Trial

Sara C Nelson

A couple have been found guilty of murdering their French nanny.

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were on trial at the Old Bailey for allegedly torturing and killing 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet at their home near Wimbledon, south west London.

Jurors heard that after the au pair died in September last year, the couple disposed of her body on a bonfire in the back garden.

The prosecution alleged the pair killed Lionnet after being obsessed that she was in league with Kouider’s ex-boyfriend Mark Walton, a founding member of Boyzone.

Sophie Lionnet was murdered in September last year 

The defendants admitted perverting the course of justice by burning the body but denied murder, blaming each other for her death.

The jury began deliberating on verdicts last Wednesday afternoon and was given words of advice by judge Nicholas Hilliard on their seventh day in retirement.

He told them: “It’s obviously a responsible job that you have got as jurors and it can be a stressful one, everybody understands that.

“Obviously you will help each other manage that process. You might not all agree and each of you must be true to the oath or affirmation you took.

“But as I have said to you it’s important everybody is listened to politely and all your discussions are conducted with courtesy and respect.”

Judge Hilliard handed the jurors a majority direction saying he would accept verdicts on which at least 10 of them were agreed.