The murder victim, nanny Sophie Lionnet, had been working for the couple. “Ouissem Medouni, 40, and Sabrina Kouider, 34, were arrested at the scene and have now been charged with murder.” She looked after Kouider’s two young children – including a son, six, she had with ex-boyfriend Mr Walton. Her burned body was discovered in the back garden following reports from neighbours about a “weird barbecue’’ in the grounds of the house and a “foul-smelling smoke.” An eight-year-old boy is said to have climbed a fence and saw a man throwing sticks onto a bonfire.
The Sun: Her cousin Mélanie Lionnet said she was “kind and had unlimited patience”.
She added: “She put an enormous effort into her work and that took it out of her.
“She did everything for [the children]. Coming back to France was a relief for her but it was also sort of abandoning the children.”
A friend who laid tributes at the house said Sophie, from France, was like a mother to Kouider’s two sons.
“She’ll be remembered as somebody who was always there for the boys and the most important thing was, if she was not happy she stayed because she loved those boys.”
Posts by Sophie on social media revealed a young women who loved art, cinema and ice skating
Two charged with murder after body of French nanny, 21, found badly burnt in back garden
Sophie Lionnet, from Troyes in north-eastern France, had come to London to work as an ‘au pair’, according to reports
By Steve RobsonR, Rachael Burnett, Ryan Hooper, Mirror Online (thanks to Vikram):
A man and a woman have been charged with murder after the badly-burnt body of a 21-year-old French nanny was found in a garden.
Sophie Lionnet, from Troyes in north-eastern France, came to Britain to work as an ‘au pair’ more than a year ago, according to reports.
Her remains were found by police who were called by neighbours concerned by a fire behind a flat in Southfields, London, on Wednesday evening.
Ouissem Medouni, 40, and Sabrina Kouider, 34, were arrested at the scene and have now been charged with murder.
They will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
A woman told the Daily Mail her eight-year-old son had seen the blaze and climbed a fence to get a better look.
“My young son called out, ‘If you are having a barbecue, are we allowed to come?,” she said.
“I told him, ‘no that’s not a barbecue, that’s a bad smell’.”
Another neighbour in the converted Victorian building said he called his landlord to report a “gassy smell”.
Police arrived at around 6.30pm and said they found a “badly-burned body” in the back garden.
The victim was identified locally as Sophie Lionnet.
She was described as a “very polite, pleasant girl” who “looked about 13 but was actually in her early 20s.”
Superintendent Peter Gardner said: “I fully appreciate the concern that this investigation will cause in the local community.
“Specialist investigators will be carrying out work at the scene whilst local neighbourhood officers will be patrolling in and around the area to help reassure residents and, where possible, respond to their concerns.”
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