Saturday 17 August 2019

Jailed killer confesses to murdering Irish woman in her home

Stabbed to death: Catherine Burke (pictured) was killed by Kasim Lewis weeks before he murdered Iuliana Tudos. Photo: Central News
Stabbed to death: Catherine Burke (pictured) was killed by Kasim Lewis weeks before he murdered Iuliana Tudos. Photo: Central News

Sam Corbishley

A "wicked" sex predator serving life for the brutal murder of a barmaid yesterday admitted stabbing a retired Irish civil servant to death in her own home weeks earlier.

Catherine Burke (55) was found bound and gagged at her £700,000 (€780,000) north London home after police responding to concerns about the mother's welfare forced entry on November 16 2017.

Iuliana Tudos
Iuliana Tudos

Originally from Galway, Ms Burke had lived at the property in Hill Road, Muswell Hill, for about 20 years.

Kasim Lewis (32), of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday where he pleaded guilty to her murder.

He had been due to stand trial this week having previously denied his involvement.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks QC, will sentence him on Thursday.

Kasim Lewis
Kasim Lewis

At an earlier hearing Paul Jarvis for the prosecution told the court that Ms Burke was found stabbed to death at her home in November 2017.

"The evidence that links the defendant to her murder is DNA found at the scene and there is mobile telephone evidence from her showing her devices moving as it were in the direction to where the defendant was living," he said.

"Very shortly after when we predict the killing took place - because she wasn't discovered for a number of days - the phones were taken by him.

"As a result of data obtained from the telephone usage it appears that those phones were active, but not actually at her address at the particular time, meaning they had left the address and at the particular time were, the [prosecution] says, in the possession of this defendant.

"He, when arrested, had on his mobile telephone pornographic material showing, we would say, that he has a sexual interest in the sorts of things which he may well have done to Ms Burke prior to killing her.

"I do not really want to go into the graphic detail of it, but [Judge Marks] is obviously aware of the conviction for murder he has for an offence committed a matter of weeks after he is said to have murdered Catherine Burke, which the [prosecution] says is capable of showing that he is somebody who has a tendency to use murderous violence towards lone women."

Lewis was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years in May 2018 for the barbaric murder of barmaid Iuliana Tudos in Finsbury Park.

The sexual predator pounced on Ms Tudos as she was walking home on Christmas Eve 2017, weeks after Ms Burke's murder, binding her hands and legs with cable ties and mutilating her with a broken bottle.

Worried friends launched a desperate search for the petite Moldovan-born barmaid when she failed to show up for Christmas festivities the following day. The 22-year-old's naked body was discovered hidden under a jacket and pieces of wood in a burnt-out shed in the park two days later.

Jailing him on that occasion, Judge Marks said the "barbaric" killing was "wicked beyond belief".

Irish Independent

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