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Predator jailed for ‘wicked’ murder of barmaid

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Kasim Lewis, 31, attacked 22-year-old Iuliana Tudo with a bottle on her way home from a Camden pub.

Kasim Lewis pleaded guilty to murdering a barmaid on Christmas Eve (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

A sexual predator has been jailed for at least 29 years for the “wicked” killing of a popular barmaid on Christmas Eve.

Fuelled by cocaine, cannabis and alcohol, Kasim Lewis, 31, attacked 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos with a bottle, and carved what appeared to be a Batman logo on her chest.

Her naked body was found in a burned out hut in Finsbury Park on December 27 last year, three days after she disappeared as she returned home from the World’s End pub in Camden.

Iuliana Tudos was found dead in Finsbury Park (Metropolitan Police/PA)
The body of Iuliana Tudos was found in Finsbury Park (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Convicted sex offender Lewis pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh jail.

Judge Richard Marks QC jailed him for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

He told Lewis the attack on the petite young woman was done with the “utmost callousness and barbarity” and was “wicked beyond belief”.

Outlining the facts, prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “Iuliana was struck over the head most likely with a bottle, she was also stabbed with a broken bottle in the neck, on her abdomen and on her
wrists.

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“Although there is no evidence that Iuliana was actually sexually assaulted the prosecution allege that this was a sexually motivated and sadistic attack.”

Lewis extracted her PIN number and later withdrew cash from her account as she lay dead.

The popular Moldovan-born barmaid had been set upon by Lewis as she made her way home from her shift at the World’s End pub.

She was last picked up on CCTV at 8.33pm heading towards the entrance of Finsbury Park.

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When she failed to turn up at her friend’s to celebrate Christmas, they posted messages on social media and distributed flyers to find her.

A group of friends searched Finsbury Park and found the body in a burnt-out hut by an old cricket pavilion.

Paramedics described a wound to her chest as looking like the logo for Batman or the letter M.

The next day, the defendant tried to lay a “false trail” by texting a contact to ask about the discovery of a woman’s body.

Police went to Lewis’s home on New Year’s Eve and found cable ties like those used on the victim and a knife in the fridge.

They tracked down the bisexual defendant at his on-off boyfriend’s Dalston flat.

When he was arrested, HIV positive Lewis told them: “I did it”, the court heard.

A search of his phone revealed a trailer for a pornographic film featuring a young woman being chased into an alleyway and then bound with cable ties.

Lewis, who was born in Monserrat and lived in north London, had previously been jailed for an earlier sex attack.

In September 2005, he was handed two years for sexual assault and exposure on a bus and placed on the sex offenders register but failed to comply with restrictions.

The victim’s stepfather Costa Vasiliou, who travelled from his home in Cyrpus, paid an emotional tribute to the 22-year-old at the Old Bailey.

He said: “She was murdered in the most repelling and inhuman way, a disgrace to the human race.

“As parents we have lost our beloved daughter.”

Mitigating, Jeremy Dein QC said Lewis’s actions were “irrational beyond comprehension”.

He argued there was no evidence of a sexual assault even though Ms Tudos was found naked.

And injuries indicating a sadistic element were inflicted after she was knocked unconscious, he said.

Judge Marks said he did not sentence on the basis it could be proved to be a sadistic killing.

He said: “This is a killing that demonstrated the most appalling brutality. It was horrendous and barbaric. Whether sadistic is open to argument but the degree of violence in it is a significantly
aggravating factor.

He told Lewis: “This slightly built young woman was alone in a park at night and was as such vulnerable in the extreme. She must have died a terrible death. What you did to her was wicked beyond belief.”

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