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Man admits Finsbury Park barmaid murder

Kasim Lewis is sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos to death during Christmas holidays

18 May, 2018 — By William McLennan

Iuliana Tudos, who was known as Juliana or Julia, lived in Upper Tollington Park

A MURDERER who killed a barmaid and dumped her body in Finsbury Park during the Christmas holidays confessed to police the moment he was arrested.

Kasim Lewis, who stabbed 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos and hid her body in an outhouse, was sentenced yesterday to a minimum of 29 years in prison, having pleaded guilty to murder.

It can now be revealed that Lewis was well-known to police and had a string of previous convictions, including multiple sexual offences.

Officers raided his home in Dalston on New Year’s Day and found cable ties and blood-stained clothes, which were found to contain the victim’s DNA. When detectives read him his rights, he told them: “I did it.” He has been in custody ever since and entered a guilty plea at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

CCTV of Kasim Lewis

He was arrested after being caught on CCTV using her bank card and PIN number hours after she went missing.

Ms Tudos, known as Juliana or Julia, who lived in Upper Tollington Park, was last seen on Christmas Eve, sparking a massive missing persons inquiry. Concerned friends led the hunt and found her body in the disused shed on December 27.

Originally from Russia, Julie moved to London around five years ago from Cyprus, where she had moved with her family. Friends described her as a “happy” and “caring” person, who loved hardcore punk. She had ambitions to travel the world.

At a preliminary hear­ing in January, prosecu­tors said that Lewis had repeatedly failed to comply with “sexual offender notification requirements”.

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