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‘Wicked’ sex predator to be sentenced for second murder

Kasim Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of Catherine Burke in November 2017.

Court sketch of Kasim Lewis at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Elizabeth Cook/PA)
Court sketch of Kasim Lewis at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

A sex predator who was convicted of killing a popular barmaid will be sentenced on Thursday for killing a second woman.

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.

Judge Richard Marks QC, who has previously described Lewis as “wicked beyond belief”, will sentence him at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

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