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Saturday 19 October 2019

'Wicked' sex killer admits murdering Irishwoman

Catherine Burke was murdered by Kasim Lewis
Catherine Burke was murdered by Kasim Lewis
Kasim Lewis

A "wicked" sex predator serving life in prison for the brutal murder of a barmaid has admitted stabbing an Irishwoman to death in her north London home only weeks earlier.

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

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

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

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He had been due to stand trial this week, having previously denied involvement in the killing.

Judge Richard Marks remanded Lewis in custody ahead of sentencing on Thursday.

At an earlier hearing, Paul Jarvis, for the prosecution, said: "The victim in this case is Catherine Burke, and she was found stabbed to death at her home address on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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

"Very shortly after when we predict the killing took place - because she wasn't discovered for a number of days between the last contact anybody had with her and when the police were able to gain access to her flat - 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 in the possession of this defendant."

Lewis was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years in May last year 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 Moldovan-born barmaid when she failed to show up for Christmas festivities the following day.

The 22-year-old's naked body was discovered under pieces of wood in a burnt-out shed in the park two days later.

Judge Marks said the "barbaric" killing was "wicked beyond belief".

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