Couple who allegedly beat French nanny to death and then had sex, turn on each other in court
Sabrina Kouider and partner Ouissem Medouni had sex after torturing and killing their French nanny Sophie Lionnet, a court has been told. The case is ongoing.
35-year-old Sabrina Kouider has accused her partner, Ouissem Medouni (40), of having sex with her after killing their 21-year-old French nanny Sophie Lionnet in the next room. The au pair was beaten to death in the couple’s apartment in Wimbledon, London.
Officers found the victim’s body on a bonfire in the couple’s garden. Kouider claims that Medouni, a financial analyst, waterboarded Lionnet and killed her last September and instructed her to lie to the police.
“Everything I done (sic), I did it for him,” Kouider told an Old Bailey jury. “He wanted to have sex with me. I’m even shocked to talk about it, it’s embarrassing.”
The Independent reports that Orlando Pownall, Queen’s Counsel for Medouni, asserted that the accusation was “nonsense.” Pownall also suggested that the whole thing was a figment of Kouider’s imagination.
“You say Mr Medouni had never shown any violence towards her (Miss Lionnet) prior to September 18 and on that evening he was violent,” He said. “His defence is almost the mirror image of yours. He says you were the one that had been violent and was violent in the early hours of the 19th.”
“If one was looking at the two mirror images, would you agree there is an important difference between you and him?” Pownall continued. “First, over many years you have made false accusations against a number of people.”
“Secondly, over a number of years, you have shown bad temper and violence towards a number of people. The further difference – you always blame somebody else for your problems.”
Pownall accused Kouider of making up “dreadful stories about people, often of a sexual nature.” He also referenced a diagnosis of depression and borderline personality disorder that Kouider received in May 2017
“You confuse dreams with reality and you have violent mood swings. You can suddenly become aggressive. You do pick on the weak and exploit them.”
Kouider denied all accusations that she was violent towards Lionnet and said that she had never made a false accusation in her life though she admitted that she had not been "well".
“That’s not true,” she said. “I’m not crazy. I’m not losing my mind.”
Medouni and Kouider have both admitted to impeding the investigation but deny that they committed murder. The case is ongoing.