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Sophie Lionnet: French nanny murder trial 'stranger than fiction'

May 9, 2018 4:10 pm

The trial over the alleged torture and murder of a nanny by her employers is “stranger than fiction”, a jury heard.

Prosecutor Richard Howell QC told the Old Bailey Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni treated French national Sophie Lionnet as “less than human”.

The couple blame each other for killing Ms Lionnet, whose body was burnt in the garden of their Wimbledon flat.

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The pair admit perverting the course of justice by disposing of the 21-year-old’s body but deny murder.

In his summing up speech, Mr Howell said the accused were driven by a “preposterous” obsession with Ms Kouider’s ex-boyfriend, and former Boyzone pop star, Mark Walton.

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“Of all the cases this historic building has heard, this must without hesitation enter the category of the more bizarre,” Mr Howell said.

“Expressions such as ‘you really could not make it up’ and ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ come readily to mind.

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