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Little boy, 8, wanted to join neighbour's barbecue only to discover it was murdered nanny's body burning

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Little boy, 8, wanted to join neighbour's barbecue only to discover it was murdered nanny's body burning
The murder of a French nanny was brought to light after neighbors saw a huge fire blazing in a garden and called the cops.
A young boy saw the fire, thought the neighbors were having a barbecue and wanted to join. The curious eight-year-old was passing by with his mum after school when they noticed the huge fire and a "bad smell" in the air. The boy thought the neighbors were having a barbeque and wanted to be a part of it, not knowing it was the body of 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet being burned beyond recognition. Another neighbor told how her son looked over the fence and saw a man sweeping up sticks and putting them on the fire.
Concerned neighbors called officers to the flat in Southfields on Wednesday evening. When police arrived at about 6:30 p.m., they found a charred body in the rear garden of the south London home and have charged a man and woman with murder.
The boy's mum told the Daily Mail: "I was walking past on the way home from school and we could see flames through the fence posts. My young son called out, 'If you are having a barbecue, are we allowed to come?' I told him, 'no, that's not a barbecue, that's a bad smell'."
Though the woman knew the smell was not barbecue, she had no idea it was a person being burned. She said she thought they were burning leaves. Another neighbour in the converted Victorian building said he called his landlord to report a "gassy smell".
The woman whose body was burned was named locally as Miss Lionnet. She was from Troyes, in north-eastern France, and came to Britain to work as an 'au pair' more than a year ago, according to reports. She was described as a "very polite, pleasant girl" who "looked about 13 but was actually in her early 20s".
Police announced on Friday that Ouissem Medouni, 40, and Sabrina Kouider, 34, both of Pulborough Road, Southfields, have been charged with murder.
A spokesman said: "Police were called to a residential address at Wimbledon Park Road, SW18, at 6.26pm on Wednesday following reports of a fire and a person deceased. A body was found at the scene. The body was too badly burned to establish the gender and age. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. A 40-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested, and both were charged on Friday with the murder of an unidentified person. They are Ouissem Medouni, 40, and Sabrina Kouider, 34, both of Pulborough Road, SW18."
Both suspects are due to appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday.

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