Woman accused of killing French nanny Sophie Lionnet admits 'hitting her with cable' but insists she's 'no murderer A fashion designer wept in cour
Woman accused of killing French nanny Sophie Lionnet admits ‘hitting her with cable’ but insists she’s ‘no murderer
A fashion designer wept in court as she admitted attacking her French nanny but insisted “it doesn’t make me a murderer”.
Sabrina Kouider and her partner, Ouissem Medouni, are accused of torturing and killing Sophie Lionnet before dumping her body on a bonfire.
The couple had allegedly become obsessed the 21-year-old was conspiring to drug and molest the family with Kouider’s ex-boyfriend Mark Walton, the founder of Boyzone, the Old Bailey has heard.
They have blamed each another for her death last September, each saying they were asleep at the time.
Under cross-examination, Kouider, 35, sobbed as she was challenged on how often she had attacked Miss Lionnet at her home in Wimbledon, south-west London.
Orlando Pownall QC, representing Medouni, said: “How many times did you accept you assaulted Sophie?”
Kouider replied: “I told you I don’t want to discuss that anymore because I’m not proud of myself.”
When pressed, she said: “Once when I hit her with a cable and a second time when I pushed her, and again a third time.
“I never deny I did hit Sophie, it doesn’t make me a murderer.”
Kouider told jurors that while Miss Lionnet was living with her they had a “good time” together, doing a makeover and chatting over cups of tea.
But Mr Pownall read a passage from a note Miss Lionnet appeared to have written to her employer saying there was “no reason to insult me” and call her names.
Mr Pownall asked about hours of taped interrogations about Mr Walton, which culminated in a videoed confession shortly before Miss Lionnet died.
He said: “You were saying to her if you want to go (home) you have to admit to this.”
Kouider admitted she was trying to trick her into a confession.
Jurors were played extracts of the taped interrogations in which Miss Lionnet was quietly sobbing in the background after a loud slapping sound.
Kouider denied she had slapped her, saying she had done it to herself.
Mr Pownall gave examples of Kouider’s alleged “obsession and imaginings” including spiders in the house and helicopters hovering above.
Kouider insisted the helicopters were down to “Mark Walton and his friends”.
Becoming emotional, she said: “I saw the same one at least 20 times.”
Turning to the jury, she said: “I can see the jury making a joke of me. I’m telling you what I saw and this is not a joke. I wish you could see who is Mark Walton.
“We are here about Sophie; we are not here about helicopters and I don’t know what.”
Kouider denied the suggestion she stamped and kicked Miss Lionnet up to three days before her death, fracturing four ribs and cracking her sternum.
And when it was alleged she was responsible for the nanny’s death in the bath, Kouider said: “I did not kill Sophie. He (Medouni) is the one who murdered her.
“He used me because he saw me, the way I was shaking, and not feeling well and he said if I go to prison Mark Walton will come and hurt me.
“When he made love to me he said to me ‘this is going to be the last time’.”
Concluding his questioning, Mr Pownall said Medouni, 40, could not stand up to Kouider or keep her obsession with Mr Walton in check.
He said: “He knew that if he resisted your obsessive allegations, you would shout at him.
“The mirror of Mr Medouni shows somebody who is not violent, passive, should have been more assertive, should have controlled you but didn’t.
“You have this obsession with Mark Walton and sex. You are somebody who has been violent to many many people.”
Kouider responded: “I can shout, I can argue but it does not make me a murderer.”
The defendants have admitted perverting the course of justice but deny murder. The trial continues.