Finsbury Park barmaid killer jailed for life for second murder
Iuliana Tudos’s body was dumped in the park on Christmas Eve
19 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A MAN who killed a barmaid in Finsbury Park has been ordered to serve at least 40 years in prison for a second murder committed just weeks before.
Kasim Lewis, 32, had already been jailed for murdering Iuliana Tudos, who lived in Upper Tollington Park, and dumping her body in the park on Christmas Eve in 2017.
Less than six weeks earlier, he had murdered Cathy Burke, 55, at her home in Muswell Hill. He was due to stand trial over the killing on Monday but changed his plea to guilty.
DNA from a blood stain found on Lewis’s jeans seized during the police investigation into the murder of Ms Tudos, 22, was found to be a one-in-a-billion match with Ms Burke.
Yesterday (Thursday), Lewis was sentenced to life with a 40-year tariff to add to the life sentence he received last year.
He will not eligible for parole until he is 72 years old.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “We still do not know why Lewis committed this horrific murder, or the murder of Iuliana, just under six weeks after he killed Cathy.
“He has never given any indication as to his motives.
“These appalling crimes have left the Burke and Tudos families bereaved, two families who have had their lives devastated by the horrific violence this man inflicted on their loved ones.
Tributes to Iuliana Tudos were left at Finsbury Park
“We hope the verdict today can bring some closure for the Burke and Galbally families. Cathy was a well-respected and popular member of her local community, whose many friends were immediately worried at her uncharacteristic failure to respond to them on the day after the attack.”
Ms Burke was found stabbed to death in her home after her neighbours raised the alarm. It is thought Lewis gained access to her house through the back door on November 15, 2017. Her naked body was lying on a bed under a pile of clothes and she had been stabbed multiple times.
Niall Galbally, Ms Burke’s son, said: “A massive hole resides in my heart for the loss of my mother, no amount of justice will mend that.
“But I take great comfort in the fact that the man responsible for such brutality has been caught.
“This is the closing of a horrible chapter in my life, but the opening of a new one, when I can leave this nightmare behind me.”
On Christmas Eve Lewis attacked Ms Tudos, who worked at the World’s End bar in Camden Town and was known as Juliana or Julia. She went missing after leaving friends in Camden Road and having launched a search, friends found her body on December 27 in an outhouse in Finsbury Park.
Her family paid tribute to her as a “shining example to other young people” and said her killing was a disgrace to the human race”.
Lewis was arrested on January 1, 2018, on suspicion of Cathy’s murder, having been arrested earlier that same day on suspicion of killing Ms Tudos. The next day he was charged with her murder while detectives continued to gather evidence on Ms Burke’s investigation.
In May last year, a search warrant was executed at the home of a former friend of Lewis, where he had previously been arrested in January. They found a mobile phone belonging to Ms Burke, which he stole and used after killing her.
At the time of both murders Lewis was registered as a sex offender and had a history of committing residential burglaries.
Sarah Dale for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Faced with DNA and cell site evidence that clearly linked Lewis to the scene of Cathy Burke’s murder, he pleaded guilty.
“This means that her family will not have to face the painful prospect of facing him in court.
“The sentence means that he won’t be released for a very long time.”