Sophie Lionnet’s alleged killer ‘would wake up screaming’

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The court heard Sophie Lionnet’s body showed signs of “significant violence”

A woman accused of killing her nanny suffered mood swings and would “wake up screaming”, her partner has said.

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, are accused of murdering Sophie Lionnet after subjecting her to abuse and extreme interrogations.

Ms Lionnet’s charred remains were found on a bonfire in the garden of her employers’ Southfields home.

At Old Bailey the pair admit perverting the course of justice by trying to dispose of the body but deny murder.

Giving evidence, Mr Medouni told jurors he did not kill the French nanny or make a plan with Ms Kouider to cause Miss Lionnet’s death in September last year.

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Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider deny murder

Mr Medouni told jurors Ms Kouider, who he had met at a funfair in 2001, was the “dominant” partner in their relationship.

Her moods would go “up and down very quickly in the space of seconds,” he said.

Mr Medouni said: “In the last years, every morning she would wake up screaming for nothing.

“If she had a dream about me being with another woman, she said it was going to happen and make up a story in her mind about it.

“She said she had a gift for knowing what is going to happen.”

Blue star a “good friend”

Defence lawyer Orlando Pownall QC asked Mr Medouni about when police were called to Ms Kouider’s north London flat to reports of damage to the door after she had left.

Mr Pownall said the landlord complained Ms Kouider and another man had “threatened him with a crowbar”.

Mr Medouni said Ms Kouider told him the man she had been with was Blue star Duncan James, who lived nearby.

He said Ms Kouider saw the One Love singer as a “good friend”, having met him through her ex-partner Mark Walton, a founding member of Boyzone.

The court had previously heard she became obsessed Miss Lionnet was in league with Mr Walton against her.

The trial continues.

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