A “wicked” predator has been jailed for life for murdering 22-year-old barmaid Iuliana Tudos in Finsbury Park, north London.
Convicted sex offender Kasim Lewis, 31, will serve a minimum of 29 years behind bars for killing Ms Tudos on Christmas Eve last year.
He pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey via video link from high-security Belmarsh prison.
Under the influence of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis, Lewis attacked Ms Tudos with a bottle and carved what appeared to be a Batman logo on her chest.
Her friends found her naked body in a burned-out hut in Finsbury Park, near her home, three days later on 27 December.
The Moldovan-born Russian-Greek had been bound up with cable ties during the “sustained and brutal attack”.
Judge Richard Marks QC told Lewis that his attack was done with the “utmost callousness and barbarity” and was “wicked beyond belief”.
Ms Tudos’ friends last saw her at about 8pm on Christmas Eve as she headed for a bus home after a shift at the World’s End pub in Camden.
CCTV footage of her was last captured at 8.33pm as she walked towards the entrance of Finsbury Park.
She was expected to meet the group at another friend’s home in Enfield later that night, where she was also meant to spend Christmas Day. But she never arrived.
Her friends posted messages on social media and gave out flyers to find her.
A group of them searched Finsbury Park and found her body in a hut by an old cricket pavilion.
Paramedics described a wound to her chest as looking like the Batman logo or the letter M.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the court: “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.
“Although there is no evidence that Iuliana was actually sexually assaulted, the prosecution allege that this was a sexually motivated and sadistic attack.”
Lewis extracted her PIN number and later withdrew cash from her account as her body lay in the disused building.
On Christmas Day, Lewis tried to lay a “false trail” by texting a contact to ask about the discovery of a woman’s body.
Detectives 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 HIV-positive bisexual attacker at his on-off boyfriend’s Dalston flat.
The court heard that when he was arrested, he told them: “I did it.”
On his phone he had a pornographic film of a young woman being chased into an alleyway and then bound with cable ties.
Lewis had previously been jailed for another sex attack.
In 2005, he was jailed for two years for sexual assault and exposure on a bus and placed on the sex offenders’ register, but failed to comply with restrictions.
Ms Tudos’ stepfather, Costa Vasiliou, who travelled from his Cyprus home, paid an emotional tribute to his stepdaughter.
“She was murdered in the most repelling and inhuman way, a disgrace to the human race,” he said.
“As parents, we have lost our beloved daughter.”
Jeremy Dein QC, defending, called Lewis’ actions “irrational beyond comprehension”.
He argued that there was no evidence of a sexual assault even though Ms Tudos was found naked.
Injuries indicating a sadistic element were inflicted after she was knocked unconscious, he said.
Judge Marks added: “This is a killing that demonstrated the most appalling brutality.
“It was horrendous and barbaric. Whether sadistic is open to argument but the degree of violence in it is a significantly aggravating factor.”
He told Lewis: “This slightly built young 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.”
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