A French couple was on Thursday discovered responsible of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair, whose burnt physique was discovered of their London backyard in September final 12 months.
Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and accomplice Ouissem Medouni, 40, have been discovered responsible by a jury at London’s Previous Bailey court docket of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet and burning her physique on a backyard bonfire.
“Solely Kouider and Medouni know precisely how they killed Sophie however the prosecution was capable of show that she died because of purposeful and sustained violence, and never by chance,” stated state prosecutor Aisling Hosein.
“They have been each collectively concerned and got here up with a plan to try to destroy her physique and escape duty for this horrendous crime for which they’ve been discovered responsible,” she added.
The jurors deliberated for every week earlier than unanimously convicting Kouider and ruling by a majority choice of 10 to 2 that her accomplice Medouni was responsible.
Kouider is to endure psychiatric evaluation earlier than sentencing, which is because of happen on June 26.
Each denied murdering Lionnet, though they’d admitted burning her physique of their backyard.
The court docket heard how the couple had interrogated and tortured Lionnet over their perception she was conspiring with one among Kouider’s former boyfriends — Mark Walton, a former member of Irish band Boyzone — who they claimed sexually abused members of their household.
Kouider advised London’s Previous Bailey court docket that she hit the au pair “actually unhealthy” with cable.
They each accused one another of killing her.
In her testimony, Kouider stated her accomplice — who she known as “Sam” — was violent to her and “was with me for intercourse, nothing else, and cash”.
Their legal professionals have 30 days to enchantment the choice.
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