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Couple charged with murder after burned body found in Southfields garden

Couple charged with murder after burned body found in Southfields garden”

Police have charged a man and a woman with murder after the charred remains of a body were found in a garden in Southfields this Wednesday (20 September).

Ouissem Medouni, 40, and Sabrina Kouider, 34, both of Pulborough Road, SW18, are accused of the murder of an unknown person.

The victim has been named locally as Sophie Lionnet, 21, from France, who had been working for the couple as a live-in nanny.

Kouider, 34, a makeup artist and designer, is the former girlfriend of Mark Walton, who was part of the initial lineup of the boyband Boyzone. She will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday, 22 September along with Mr Medouni.

According to neighbours, Ms Lionnet, who had been living in London for 14 months in order to learn English, had not been seen since "late August".

"She had finally chose to go home, though, and had just asked her mum to send her £40 so she could afford the fare".

One woman, 29, said she was passing the street when she saw what she thought was a "weird barbecue" taking place in a back yard.

Metropolitan Police were called to a property on Wimbledon Park Road, Putney, just before 6.30pm, after reports that there was a fire and someone had died.

Forensic officers continued their work on Thursday.

Superintendent Peter Gardner, from Wandsworth Police, said: "I fully appreciate the concern that this investigation will cause in the local community". Police arrested them at the scene on suspicion of trying to dispose of the body by burning it.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course, said police.



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