Couple jailed for life for murder of French au pair

|News, Violent crime

A couple have been jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years to serve after they were found guilty of murdering their live-in au pair.

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were sentenced today (26 June) at the Old Bailey for murdering Sophie Lionnet and for perverting the course of justice after admitting burning her body on 20 September 2017 to try to destroy any evidence they had killed her.

From 24 May: French au pair murder couple convicted

Julius Capon, head of the London CPS Homicide unit, said: "This was a distressing trial and must have been very upsetting for the family to hear all of the evidence of how Sophie was treated before she was eventually killed and her body burned.

"We are very grateful for the excellent work the Metropolitan Police did in preparing the case and also for the help the French authorities provided in ensuring the killers were brought to justice.

"Our thoughts are with Sophie's family and we hope the lengthy sentences Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni have received today will provide some measure of solace."

Notes to editors

  • Julius Capon is Senior District Crown Prosecutor and head of homicide for London
  • Both Ouissem Medouni (DOB: 25/07/1977) and Sabrina Kouider [DOB: 05/12/1982] were found guilty of murder and admitted perverting the course of justice.

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