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We burnt her body but we did not murder nanny Sophie Lionnet

A couple have admitted perverting the course of justice by attempting to dispose of the body of Sophie Lionnet by burning it but say they never murdered the French nanny.

The horrific discovery of Sophie’s charred remains were found in the garden of a house in Southfields, south-west London, on September 20, 2017.

Met Police were at first unable to establish who the body belonged to.

The body was so badly burnt they did not know the age or sex of the body. Later forensic officers confirmed the body to be that of the 21-year-old, of Wandsworth, who was originally from Troyes in north-east France.

Designer Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south London, deny murdering Ms Lionnet on or before September 20 last year.

Both appeared at the Old Bailey and pleaded guilty on Friday to a second charge of perverting the course of justice by attempting to “dispose of the body of Sophie Lionnet by burning”.

The pair have been remanded in custody and will face a five-week trial beginning on March 19.

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