A young boy who wanted to join a neighbour’s ‘barbecue’ after seeing a bonfire in a garden discovered that it was a nanny’s body on fire. The curious eight-year-old was passing by with his mum after school when they noticed the huge blaze and a ‘bad smell’ in the air. They had no idea that behind the fence the body of French nanny Sophie Lionnet, 21, was burning beyond recognition.
Police found a charred body in the rear garden of the south London home and have charged a man and woman with murder. Officers were called to the flat in Southfields on Wednesday evening after neighbours became concerned by a fire. Police arrived at around 6.30pm and said they found a “badly-burned body” in the back garden.
The woman 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. Two people were arrested at the scene and a man and a woman have been charged with murder.