Julia Tudos: 29 years in prison for killer who murdered World’s End barmaid
Attacker was well-known to police and had string of previous convictions
17 May, 2018 — By William McLennan
A man who killed a popular Camden Town barmaid and dumped her body in Finsbury Park during the Christmas holidays confessed to police the moment he was arrested.
Kasim Lewis, who stabbed 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos and hid her body in an outhouse, was sentenced yesterday to a minimum of 29 years in prison, having pled guilty to murder.
It can now be revealed that Lewis was well-known to police and had a string of previous convictions, including multiple sexual offences.
Her family today paid tribute to a “shining example to other young people” and said her killing was a “disgrace to the human race”.
Ms Tudos, who was known as Juliana or Julia, was well-known figure in Camden Town, where she worked at the World’s End. Her disappearance on Christmas Eve sparked a massive missing persons search.
Lewis was arrested after being caught on CCTV using her bank card and PIN number hours after she went missing.
Officers raided his home in Dalston on New Year’s Day and found cable ties and blood stained clothes, which was found to contain the victim’s DNA. When detectives read him his rights, he told them: “I did it”.
He has been in custody ever since and entered a guilty plea at the Old Bailey on Thursday.
Ms Tudos, who lived in Upper Tollington Park, was last seen in Camden Road on Christmas Eve, after she left work.
Concerned friends led the hunt, sticking flyers on bus posts along her route home from Camden Town through Seven Sisters.
On December 27, they were scouring Finsbury Park when they found her body in the disused shed near the baseball pitch.
Originally from Russia, Julie moved to London around five years ago from Cyprus, where she had moved with her family. Friends described her as a “happy” and “caring” person, who loved hardcore punk. She had ambitions to travel the world.
At a preliminary hearing in January, prosecutors said that Lewis had previous convictions for burglary and sexual offences and had repeatedly failed to comply with “sexual offender notification requirements”.
He was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years by Judge Richard Marks QC.
Sarah Dale, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Iuliana was killed in a sustained and brutal attack on Christmas Eve.
“Our thoughts are with Iuliana’s family today and we hope today’s conviction and sentence bring them some measure of satisfaction.”