London: Algerian-born fashion designer accused of murdering French au pair


An Algerian-born fashion designer, named, Sabrina Kouider, 35, accused of murdering a French au pair in London.

During her trial, her boyfriend told the jury that the detainee is a “manipulative” liar who was prone to wild mood swings.

On the other hand, the accused swore on the Quran to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” at the Central Criminal Court — the Old Bailey — in London on Friday, April 27.

She admitted that the victim, aged, 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet came to work for her in January 2016 after a recommendation by her brother Jamal.

The body of Sophie, who came from the French town of Troyes, was found burning on a bonfire in the back garden of Kouider’s home in Southfields, south-west London in September last year.

Kouider and her boyfriend Ouissem Medouni both deny murder but admit attempting to pervert the course of justice by disposing of her body.

​Kouider — who is currently being held at the Bracton medium-secure mental health facility in Bexley, Kent — said there were no major problems until May 2017 when she believed Sophie had gone to a house in London and met Kouider’s former boyfriend, Mark Walton, a founder member of the boy band Boyzone.

‘I Felt Betrayed’

She said she felt “betrayed” and admitted “beating up” Sophie with a length of electrical flex.

“I took a cable and I started hitting her really bad,” Kouider said, in answer to a question by her defense barrister, Icah Peart QC.

In this aspect, the court has heard audio tapes of interrogations Kouider and Medouni performed on Sophie in the days before she died in which they persistently questioned her about the house where they believed she had gone to meet Mr. Walton.






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