London couple admit burning French nanny's body

Southfields murder case

Police at the scene in Southfields southwest London after a badly burned body was found in a garden

A couple who deny killing a French nanny have admitted perverting the course of justice by attempting to dispose of her body by burning it.

Sophie Lionnet's charred remains were discovered following reports from neighbours about a "weird barbecue" at a house in Southfields, South West London in September 20 previous year.

The victim was identified locally as Sophie Lionnet, a 21-year-old girl from Troyes, in north-eastern France.

Designer Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, of Wandsworth, deny murdering the nanny on or before 20 September.

But they pleaded guilty today to a second charge of perverting the course of justice by attempting to "dispose of the body of Sophie Lionnet by burning". A French interpreter helped her to follow the hearing.

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Her partner, dressed in a burgundy sweatshirt, paused for a short time before entering a guilty plea to perverting the course of justice.

The two are due to stand trial from March 19.

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