Nanny killer’s bizarre apology letter
THE UK woman who murdered and burned her French nanny has written her a bizarre apology letter as she was sentenced to life in prison.
Sabrina Kouider, 35, and her partner Ouissem Medouni were sentenced to a minimum term of 30 years for the murder of Sophie Lionnet today, The Sun reports.
In May Kouider and Medouni were found guilty of murdering the 21-year-old Ms Lionnet after subjecting her to a campaign of torture.
Psychiatrists ruled the fashion designer suffers from a personality disorder, which led her to believe her au pair was working with her ex, Irish boy band Boyzone founder Mark Walton, to sexually abuse her two children.
Before killing Ms Lionnet, Koudier and her 40-year-old partner had become convinced the young nanny was spying on the family at their Wimbledon home.
Chilling recordings played to court previously heard how Ms Lionnet was denied hospital treatment after being tortured.
The torture continued until the nanny was either beaten to death or drowned in the bath of the couple's tiny flat.
But as Kouider was sentenced today, the court read out an apology note she wrote, saying she shared "many good times" with her young nanny and she wished she could "turn the clock back".
"Dear Sophie, May peace be with you. First of all I wish everyone especially her parents and family well, all are suffering," the note read, according to The Sun.
"How deeply sorry I am for what happened and in fact we shared many good times.
"Sophie I am shocked and sad that you are not part of this world any more.
"It feels like a horrible dream to me that I wish I could just wake up from.
"I am suffering every day thinking of you and what happened to you and I wish I could turn the clock back on what happened and you could still be alive today.
"Sophie I wish things could have been different and that you rest in peace with a God."
In Ms Lionnet's final days Kouider and Medouni hit her with an electrical cable and beat her so badly she was left with five fractured ribs and a cracked breast bone.
Over more than eight hours of recorded interrogations, the au pair was slapped, likened to a Nazi collaborator and called "worse than a murderer" by the couple.
They confiscated her identity card and phone and stopped paying her in a deliberate campaign to isolate her and force her to confess, the court heard.
It appeared to stem from Mr Walton leaving Kouider and stopping supporting her financially because he could not be sure he was the father of her son.
It emerged during the trial Kouider had convinced herself Mr Walton was spying on her, having sex with the nanny and even extracting Medouni's semen to frame him for rape.
The court heard she was obsessed with her ex - she reported him to police more than 30 times and received a caution for branding him a paedophile on a fake Facebook profile.
When the pair were found guilty, chilling pictures of chicken on a barbecue showed how they then tried to mask the smell of Ms Lionnet's charred remains.
They told police her body was actually that of a sheep, but her melted glasses were found near to the smoking bonfire.
On the night she died, the au pair was allegedly tortured and drowned in a bath before firefighters were called to investigate pungent smelling smoke from a back garden bonfire.
They discovered her burned body on the bonfire on last September at the family home in Southfields, south west London.
"Sophie had only just started to live her life - no-one had the right to take it away. Sophie's precious life was not theirs to take," Ms Lionnet's mother, Catherine, said when the pair were found guilty.
"I remember the day Sophie left, I did not want her to go and I was angry at her for leaving. Our daughter left us excited at the prospect for fulfilling her dreams."
Ms Lionnet was from a rural area 100 kilometres from north east Paris. She lived in a small community and lived a sheltered life, her parents said.
"She was kind, reserved, shy and had a small circle of friends. I did not think for a moment Sophie's life would end so tragically.
"When police arrived at my doorstep I went into shock, I was screaming, shouting and wailing, I was taken to hospital and I have been living this nightmare ever since."
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.