Their mother, Sabrina Kouider, 35, and her 40-year-old partner Ouissem Medouni, also French, are standing trial at England’s Old Bailey central criminal court for the murder of Lionnet. Lionnet became "scared and hungry" while living with mum-of-two Sabrina Kouider who would shout and scream at her, the court heard. He said: "I'm sure on all the evidence you were both involved in torturing Sophie in the bath in the lead up to her death in making her think she would drown unless you gave her information you wanted which was not in her power to give because it did not exist. See terms, Major incident declared in London as hospitals face ‘critical’ threat, London’s Covid crisis deepens as nearly 5k weekly cases in one borough, Dame Barbara Windsor’s celebrity friends attend star’s funeral, Woman shot during riots named as US Air Force vet and ‘great patriot’, Mother shares ‘horrendous’ Covid experience from ICU hospital bed. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Sabrina Kouider, 36, and Ouissem Medouni, 41, killed 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet over an entirely false belief she was having an affair and colluding with Kouider… Giving evidence, Mr Walton said she would “go crazy” during their turbulent relationship. He said there was no excuse for the "horrible cruelty" and "humiliation" the defendants exacted on Miss Lionnet during taped interrogations before her death. He told her: "I do not think you thought for one moment you were acting lawfully. Sabrina Kouider (35) and Ouissem Medouni (40) were both found guilty of murdering Sophie Lionnet at the house where they lived with their two children in Wandsworth Park Rd SW18. Originally from Troyes, in north-eastern France, she had been in the UK for 14 months. The pair must spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars. As a teenager, she jumped from a balcony. The pair were jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 30 years behind bars at the Old Bailey in June 2018 after being found guilty of murder. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Sophie Lionnet, 21, was living in the £900,0… I would see her in the park with the children. But their appeal bids were rejected by Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mrs Justice McGowan and Sir John Royce. THE ex-girlfriend of Boyzone founder Mark Walton has been jailed for life for the murder of a French nanny whose badly burned body was found in her garden. Police were called to Ms Kouider’s £900,000 London apartment after they were alerted … Speaking about their relationship, he said: “She would go from the quiet softly spoken with a French accent, to someone who would flip, who would be very angry and loud, it didn’t matter where, she would go crazy.”, Covid hotspots with highest & fastest-rising infection rates revealed, Barbara Windsor's EastEnders co-star Dean Gaffney turned away from her funeral, Ross Kemp says 'the nation loved you' in touching eulogy to Barbara Windsor, £58m lottery winner treats 7 pals to Dubai holiday with 1st-class flights & booze, Tearful stars pay respects as TV legend Barbara Windsor is laid to rest, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. "I'm suffering every day thinking of you and what happened to you that dreadful night," she said. She looked after Kouider's two young children - including a son, six, she had with ex-boyfriend Mr Walton. She harboured "outlandish" delusions about ex Mark Walton and Sophie, the jury heard. Sabrina Kouider had been having delusions that Sophie was having an affair with her ex (Picture: PA) Over the course of 12 months, Sabrina’s delusions worsened, and … couple who tortured and killed their nanny before burning her body on a bonfire in their garden have lost a Court of Appeal challenge. Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty on May 24, 2018. 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. Jurors heard how Sabrina Kouider was the ex-girlfriend of Boyzone founder member Mark Walton. Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider have been accused of murdering their French au-pair Sophie Lionnet. An unfounded fantasy in which they locked themselves in. Sabrina Kouider twice said she had children by different men. Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem "Sam" Medouni, 40, tortured Sophie Lionnet, 21, in a bid to get her to confess to claims she was in league with Kouider's ex – Boyzone founder Mark Walton. Kouider went on to try to frame Mr Walton for the au pair's disappearance to exact "revenge" on the former boyband member. Prosecutors said she murdered "naive and vulnerable" Sophie Lionnet, 21, and then burned her body in her garden. Kouider was frequently unfaithful and had two children with other men, including a son with Mark Walton, an Irish singer who was an original member of the Boyzone band in 1993. Kouider - and "beguiled" partner Ouissen Medouni, 40 - were said to have kept the young nanny prisoner in their "horrendous household" where they subjected her to a "truly wretched life". Au pair sentenced to life after sickening abuse of over 20 children. Trial begins for nanny accused of killing two children. There was no excuse of the "horrible cruelty" and "humiliation" the defendants exacted on Miss Lionnet during taped interrogations before her death, the judge said. Patrick Lionnet had looked forward to being a grandfather. Friday May 25 2018, 12.01am, The Times. A FRENCH nanny found burned and murdered in a London mansion had “problems” with the family she worked for, her devastated dad has revealed. View our online Press Pack. Psychiatrists ruled that the fashion designer suffers from emotional unstable personality disorder which led her to believe her au pair Sophie Lionnet was working with Boyzone founder Mark Walton to sexually abuse her two children. Prior to her death, Miss Lionnet was beaten so badly by the couple that she had five fractured ribs and a cracked breast bone. Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni starved, ... to appear in a filmed “confession” hours before she was killed in the bath at the home they shared with their two children on 20 September. Sabrina Kouider branded him a cat abuser, paedophile, and accidental killer of her unborn child, the Old Bailey heard. David Brown. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Her body, which the pair burned in the garden of their home in Wimbledon, south-west London, was discovered on September 20 2017 after neighbours complained about the smoke. Here's everything we know about Sabrina Kouider who was found guilty after a trial, along with boyfriend Ouissem Medouni, following the discovery of French au pair Sophie Lionnet's body. Sabrina Kouider and her partner, Ouissem Medouni, were found guilty of the brutal murder of the young French nanny after weeks of abuse, starvation and torture A FOUNDER of pop band Boyzone has told a jury of his “turbulent” affair with a woman charged with murdering her French nanny. Jailing them for life, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: "It is plain from all the evidence that Sophie was a kind, gentle and good-natured girl.". Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after they were convicted last month of murdering their French nanny. I'm sure you knew the way you interrogated her was unacceptable in the extreme, that it was unlawful to assault her and she was in a dreadful state by the time of her death and torturing her in the bath was totally and utterly wrong.". Pic: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire However, the court heard how Kouider — who is said to have worked as a stylist, make-up artist, fashion designer and songwriter — was fixated with her ex-boyfriend Mr Walton. Kouider, who has two children, apologised to her victim in a letter read out in court Tuesday. Boyzone founder whose obsessed ex-girlfriend beat, starved and murdered French nanny with her new boyfriend brands her a ‘psychopath’ as he says jailed pair ‘should never get out’ Sabrina Kouider, 35, murdered Sophie Lionnet, 21, with Ouissem Medouni, 40 Kouider is the ex of Mark Walton and she believed he and Sophie were in cahoots […] He said the allegations she was plotting with Mr Walton to abuse the family were a "complete fiction". Sabrina subjected Sophie to a "brutal and oppressive inquisition" before her death - harbouring "outlandish" delusions about the gentle au pair and Walton. Sophie, his daughter, loved children, and he had always assumed that she would want her own one day.But it was not to be.“She was my only She appeared broken and emaciated in a videoed confession hours before she was killed in the bath. Jailing the pair for life, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: "It is plain from all the evidence that Sophie was a kind, gentle and good natured girl.". Ms Kouider, of French Algerian descent, is understood to be estranged from her French husband. Sabrina Kouider, 36, and Ouissem Medouni, 41, killed 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet over an entirely false belief she was having an affair and colluding with Kouider's former flame, ex-Boyzone singer Mark Walton. Sabrina Kouider who along with her partner Ouissem Medouni, killed their French au pair Sophie Lionnet over a bizarre obsession with an ex-Boyzone pop star. They confiscated her identity card and phone and stopped paying her in a deliberate campaign to isolate her and force her to confess, the court heard. The judge also said their behaviour had its "origins in cruelty and a desire for revenge", adding Kouider she was motivated by an unjustified desire to make Miss Lionnet and Mr Walton "suffer". In 2016, Sabrina and Sam were living together as a couple and raising Sabrina's two children from previous relationships. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Sabrina, 34, is said to have worked as a stylist, make-up artist, fashion designer and songwriter. Couple who murdered French nanny and burned body jailed for life, Tick the box to be informed about Evening Standard offers and updates by email. The judge said reasons for the court's decision will be given at a later date. In her final days, Miss Lionnet was hit with an electrical cable and beaten so badly she had five fractured ribs and a cracked breast bone. Sabrina Kouider wrote the letter from prison in which she apologised for killing au pair, Sophie Lionnet, adding that she wished she could “turn back the clock”. "The suffering and the torture you put her through before her death was prolonged and without pity.". Sabrina Kouider was said to work as a stylist, make-up artist, fashion designer and songwriter. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Kouider - and partner Medouni - would levy "outlandish" and "malevolent" allegations against the young nanny to intimidate and control her, it is alleged. The French girl with a "big heart" was beaten, forced to work long hours, "hardly paid" and given so little food that she appeared "emaciated" before her death, the Old Bailey was told. Sabrina Kouider hired 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet to look after her children, including a son she had with Mr Walton, and allegedly paid the nanny the equivalent of just €56 a month. Source:Facebook. She also accused the young Frenchwoman of stealing a diamond pendant and plotting against her, the court heard. SABRINA Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, have been convicted of murdering 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet after her tortured and starved body was found on a bonfire. She was caged on June 26 for life along with Medouni at the Old Bailey. External News Shopper. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. The Old Bailey were told how Mark Walton's ex-lover killed her French nanny as part of a plot to "reap revenge" against the star, a court heard. Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty on May 24, 2018. The couple were found guilty of murder, having admitted perverting the course of justice in relation to the disposal of Miss Lionnet's body. Prosecuting lawyers told the jury Kouider was "vindictive, overbearing and controlling", while Medouni was "timid, uncomplaining and especially vulnerable to manipulation and threats". Kouider even claimed Mr Walton had drugged and sexually abused her family and said Sophie had colluded with him, even though they'd never met. Kouider is thought to have confiscated the "desperate" woman's passport to prevent her from returning to France. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Sabrina Kouider has been charged with murder after the discovery of a badly burned body at her property in London, Sophie Lionnet has been reportedly missing for a week, The Old Bailey were told Lionnet and her Medouni kept the French nanny 'prisoner' in their own home, Parents of murdered French nanny leave court, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Another … JOE ALVAREZ. When asked by firefighters, Medouni claimed the au pair's body was the remains of a sheep bought from a local market. For other inquiries, Contact Us. But the victim had never even met the music mogul - a founding member of Boyzone who had once been in a relationship with Kouider. CHARGE: Sabrina Kouider has been charged with murder (Image: FACEBOOK) "We spoke a lot because I am Italian. Both challenged their minimum terms at a hearing in London, while Medouni also launched a bid to appeal against his conviction, but their cases were dismissed by senior judges. And behind closed doors, Sophie's treatment was "very much worse". Founding member of Boyzone Mark Walton who once had a relationship with Kouider. "I think the mother of the children is North African, I haven't seen her as much as the nanny." Orlando Pownall QC, representing former banker Medouni at the Court of Appeal, argued his conviction was "unsafe" because of a note sent to the trial judge by jurors during their deliberations which indicated they were unsure about his "intent". Over more than eight hours of recorded interrogations, the au pair was slapped, likened to a Nazi collaborator and called "worse than a murderer" by the couple. According to the prosecution, Kouider and Medouni were persuaded of a plot fomented by Sophie Lionnet with Mark Walton, one of the founders of the Boyzone group and father of one of Sabrina Kouider's children, to drug and badually abuse women. The Old Bailey heard Kouider's delusional disorder triggered her false belief Miss Lionnet had been seduced into helping Mr Walton to commit abuse. Sabrina Kouider (35) and Ouissem Medouni (40) beat the 21-year-old au pair into a so-called confession that she was in league with Mr Walton to spy on the family, the Old Bailey, in London, has heard. members of their family. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The couple hired Sophie Lionnet, a 20-year-old from France who was eager to make it on her own and improve her English, as an au pair for their children. He also argued his minimum term was too long, as did Kouider's barrister. 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