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Man who killed woman with broken bottle pleads guilty to second murder

Kasim Lewis was jailed for for the murder of Iuliana Tudos on Christmas Eve 2017 and has now pleaded guilty to also killing Catherine Burke.

Kasim Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of Catherine Burke on November 16 2017 (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Kasim Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of Catherine Burke on November 16 2017 (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A “wicked” predator who attacked a popular barmaid in a park has pleaded guilty to a second sexually-motivated murder.

Kasim Lewis, 32, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years last May for the murder of 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos on Christmas Eve 2017.

Ms Tudos was attacked with a broken bottle in Finsbury Park as she walked home after a shift at the Worlds End pub in Camden.

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Iuliana Tudos, whose body was found in Finsbury Park after she was murdered several hundred metres from her home on Christmas Eve (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Her naked body was found in a burned-out hut in the park three days after she disappeared.

Following his conviction for her murder, Lewis’s DNA was linked to the death of Catherine Burke, who was stabbed to death in her own home in Haringey a month before.

At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Burke on November 16 2017.

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Catherine Burke was stabbed to death in her own home (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The 55-year-old mother of one and retired civil servant was found dead by police after concerned neighbours raised the alarm.

Police found DNA linking the defendant to the scene and tracked Ms Burke’s mobile phone in the direction of where he was living.

Explicit pornographic material was also found on the defendant’s mobile phone, the court had heard at an earlier hearing.

Lewis had a number of convictions for sexual offences and was on a sex offenders register for life.

Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing at the Old Bailey until Thursday.

When he sentenced Lewis for Ms Tudos’ murder, Judge Marks described Lewis as “wicked beyond belief”.

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