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Cathy Burke: Man who killed Camden barmaid Iuliana Tudos pleads guilty to killing Muswell Hill woman a month earlier

PUBLISHED: 10:07 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 16 July 2019

Cathy Burke. Picture: Met Police

Cathy Burke. Picture: Met Police

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The "wicked" predator who killed a popular barmaid in Finsbury Park has admitted killing Muswell Hill mum Cathy Burke in a second sexually-motivated attack.

Kasim LewisKasim Lewis

Kasim Lewis, 32, is already serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years for the murder of 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos on Christmas Eve 2017.

Ms Tudos was attacked with a broken bottle in Finsbury Park as she walked home after a shift at the Worlds End pub in Camden.

Her naked body was found in a burned-out hut in the park three days after she disappeared.

Following his conviction for her murder in May last year, Lewis's DNA was linked to the death of Cathy Burke, who was stabbed to death in her own home three miles away in November 2017.

Iuliana Tudos.Iuliana Tudos.

At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, Lewis pleaded guilty to her Ms Burke's murder.

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The 55-year-old mother of one and retired civil servant was found dead in Hill Road by police after concerned neighbours raised the alarm.

Police found DNA linking the defendant to the scene and tracked Ms Burke's mobile phone in the direction of where he was living.

Finsbury Park.Picture:Ken MearsFinsbury Park.Picture:Ken Mears

Tayla Harris, who knew Cathy said that she was "like an aunt to her."

"She was so lovely. We can't believe it. We're just trying to get it into our heads that someone so sick and twisted can do this to a woman who didn't do anything to anybody."

Explicit pornographic material was also found on Lewis'mobile phone, the court had heard at an earlier hearing.

Lewis had a number of convictions for sexual offences and was on a sex offenders register for life.

Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing at the Old Bailey until Thursday.

When he sentenced Lewis for Ms Tudos' murder, Judge Marks described Lewis as "wicked beyond belief".

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