Kasim Lewis: 'Wicked' sex predator who killed barmaid with broken bottle pleads guilty to second murder
A “wicked” predator who brutally attacked a barmaid in Finsbury 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.
Following his conviction, his DNA was linked to the death of 55-year-old Catherine Burke.
The barmaid was stabbed in her home in Haringey, north London, only a month before Ms Tudos was attacked.
At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of retired civil servant Ms Burke on November 16 2017.
The mother of one was found dead by police after neighbours raised the alarm.
Lewis’s DNA was found at the scene and Ms Burke’s mobile phone was tracked in the direction of his address.
Police also uncovered explicit pornography on the defendant’s mobile phone following his arrest.
Ms Burke was killed a month before Ms Tudos was set upon by Lewis as she walked through Finsbury Park.
Fuelled by cocaine, cannabis and alcohol, Lewis attacked the 22-year-old 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 on December 27 2017, three days after she disappeared as she returned home from the World’s End pub in Camden.
When he sentenced Lewis for Ms Tudos’s murder, Judge Richard Marks QC described his crime as “wicked beyond belief”.
Judge Marks will sentence Lewis for the second murder on Thursday at the Old Bailey