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Convicted sex attacker admits murdering barmaid in Finsbury Park on Christmas Eve

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 17/05/2018 18:48:00 By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field © Provided by The Telegraph A sexual predator has confessed to killing a barmaid on Christmas Eve in a north London Park .

Kasim Lewis, 31, who had a string of convictions and was on the sex offenders' register pleaded guilty to murdering 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos and dumping her body in Finsbury Park.

Lewis, who was due to stand trial for the killing next month, admitted murder when he appeared in court via a videolink from Belmarsh Prison.

Ms Tudos, who was known as Julie, was accosted in the park as she made her way home last Christmas Eve from her job as a barmaid in a pub in Camden.

Her naked body was found in a derelict hut in the park near her home three days later.

a group of people walking in front of a store © Provided by The Telegraph The victim, who was of Russian and Greek origin, had been slashed with a broken bottle in the neck, abdomen and wrists.

Members of her family attended the hearing in front of Judge Richard Marks QC.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said it was a sustained and brutal attack.

He 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 with a broken bottle.

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

During the attack, Lewis extracted her PIN number and later withdrew cash from her account.

a person wearing a white shirt and black hair © Provided by The Telegraph The court heard Ms Tudos was born in Moldova and worked in the World's End pub in Camden High Street.

Mr Aylett said she was "well-known and much liked" and was described as a selfless and helpful person.

She had finished her shift at the pub and was planning to spend Christmas with friends after going home to collect her things.

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

When she failed to turn up, her friends posted messages on social media, contacted the pub, hospitals and distributed fliers.

A group of friends searched Finsbury Park and found the body in a burnt out shed, the court heard.

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

a man looking at the camera © Provided by The Telegraph She had been bound with cable ties, the court heard.

On December 28, 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' 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, 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.

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Provided by The Telegraph

Lewis, who was born in Montserrat 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.

In 2011, he received a further eight months in jail for failing to comply with the sex offender notification requirements and a community order.

He was convicted on at least five occasions for failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements.

In 2013 he was jailed for 30 months for burglary offences.

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