By Charis Hill Crime Editor | @HillCharis
‘Sadistic’ sex attacker, Kasim Lewis, has been jailed for life for the murder of barmaid Iuliana Tudos.
At a recent hearing Lewis, of Friern Barnet in North London, pled guilty to killing 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos. Lewis was jailed for life, with a minimum of 29 years, by Judge Richard Marks QC.
The court heard how the young barmaid had been reported missing by friends following her failure to arrive at a Christmas Eve celebration, and that her mutilated body was found three days later by friends in a derelict hut in Finsbury Park.
Court prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the Old Bailey: “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.”
Crispin Aylett QC further acclaimed that “although no evidence of sexual assault was found, the attack was a sexually motivated and sadist attack on a young woman.”
“This is a killing that demonstrated the most appalling brutality – it was horrendous and barbaric. This woman was alone in a park at night and was as such vulnerable in the extreme. She must have died a terrible death. What you did to her was wicked beyond belief.” he said.
The Court heard how Lewis had been jailed more than a decade ago for a previous sex attack. Lewis received a two-year jail term and was placed on the sex offenders register. In 2011 Lewis failed to comply with notification requirements and was jailed for a further eight months.
Details of the attack prove utterly barbaric. Ms Tudos’ body was found in a burnt-out shed in Finsbury Park; she had been bound with cable ties and was found with a wound to her chest resembling the logo for Batman or the letter M. Further searches found what looked like a pornographic film trailer featuring a young woman being chased into an alleyway and then bound with cable ties.
Sarah Dale, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said Lewis had forced his victim to give up her PIN number before murdering her in “a sustained and brutal attack”.
In an emotional tribute, Tudos father said “She was murdered in the most repelling and inhuman way, a disgrace to the human race. As parents, we have lost our beloved daughter.”
Iuliana Tudos, also known as Julie, was said to be a highly popular member of staff at the World’s End pub in Camden. Friends and customers remembered her as a “welcoming” and friendly woman with a “beautiful soul” who made an “awesome impression” on all those she met.
Friend Krystyna Rymarczyk stated, “Julie’s spirit and energy will live on through her family and friends.”