London pair suspected in French au pair's death appears in court

Court artist sketch of Ouissem Medouni and his partner Sabrina Kouider

Court artist sketch of Ouissem Medouni and his partner Sabrina Kouider

Appearing at the Old Bailey via video from Bronzefield prison, she wept throughout the hearing and interrupted proceedings as she said: "Je n'ai rien fait", which translates as "I haven't done anything".

Sabrina Kouider, 34, broke down in tears as she appeared following the discovery of charred human remains in a garden.

Ouissem Medouni, 40, who is also charged with murder, appeared via video from Wandsworth jail in south London.

They lived at the same address in London, near where the body was discovered last week following reports of a fire.

Police have been unable to tell the age or gender of the victim because the body was so badly burned.

However, she has been named in reports as French nanny Sophie Lionnet, who is said to have worked for Kouider.

At one point, Kouider shouted in French, seemingly to Medouni, "tell them I haven't killed anybody, please tell them I haven't done anything darling".

They were assisted by a French interpreter in court and when asked to confirm their names, replied: 'Oui'.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard fixed a trial date for 19 March.

In the meantime, the defendants were remanded in custody.

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