One family felt as if their neighbors were having a “weird” barbecue based on a weird smell, neighbors and others were wondering whether there was a garden fire.
“I saw plumes of smoke coming from the garden—lots of smoke, not much flames—but just thought it was a garden fire,” Sunny Patel, who works nearby, told The Telegraph.
What Sunny Patel didn’t know was that something much more sinister was going on.
When London Police finally arrived they found a charred body in the backyard of a couple’s $1.2 Billion home.
Police have arrested Sabrina Kouider, 34, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, and charged each with murder for the incident in their backyard, The Guardian reports. Kouider is a French-Algerian designer and makeup artist, according to the New York Post, and Medouni is French-Algerian as well.
The body, according to The Telegraph, is that of their 21-year-old “au pair” Sophie Lionnet, who took care of the woman’s two children.
Lionnet is from northeast France, but had been living in England for more than a year to learn English.
Neighbors said that no one had seen the nanny in weeks.
“I have not seen the nanny since late August. She used to come in with the kids twice a day to buy them sweets,” Patel told The Telegraph. “She looked about 13 but was actually in her early 20s. A very polite, pleasant girl. She was French. The family was also French. The nanny has lived here for at least 20 months, she was here last Christmas.”
Kouider’s children, 3 and 6 years old, are the product of a previous relationship with Mark Walton, a former member of an Irish boy-band called Boyzone, according to The Guardian.