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Family of Julia Tudos say her killing was ‘disgrace to human race’

Father pays tribute to daughter who was a "shining example to other young people"

17 May, 2018 — By William McLennan

THE family of Camden Town barmaid who was murdered in Finsbury Park said that she the “repelling and inhuman” nature of her death was a “disgrace to the human race” as her killer was jailed for life.

Kasim Lewis, who stabbed Iuliana Tudos to death on Christmas Eve, was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison today, having pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey.

In an impact statement read out to the court, her father said: “She was murdered in the most repelling and inhuman way, a disgrace to the human race.”

Ms Tudos, who was known at Julia, worked at the World’s End in Camden Town. She went missing after leaving friends in Camden Road on December 24. Having launched a search, friends found her body on December 27 in an outhouse in Finsbury Park.

Her family said in a statement: “As a youngster, Iuliana was full of energy and had many goals in her life. She never caused any trouble at school or at home. She was loved and cherished by all her family, relatives and friends in Cyprus and we were living a quiet and happy family life.

“When she got older her goal, like many other people her age, was to study in the UK. We supported her when she achieved this dream and moved to the UK although we were sorry to see her go. She studied hard and worked hard to help fund her living costs in the UK. She was a shining example to many other young people who were planning a similar path. We felt proud of her as the diploma from a UK university would help her get a good job.

“As parents our dream was for Iuliana to get back to Cyprus after her graduation, get a job, get married and have children, our grandchildren. All of these now are gone. As a family we will never get through this. The only thing that gives us strength is that Iuliana is now safe in God’s hands.

“What happened to her was not an accident or an illness, she was murdered. All her dreams have been lost. This gives us great sadness.

“Her mother, her two brothers and I are all very proud and honoured to have known Iuliana, a beautiful daughter and sister.”

Lead investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall said today (Thursday) after Lewis was sentenced: “Iuliana was killed as she walked through Finsbury Park on her way to spend Christmas with her friends.

“Tragically her journey brought her in to contact with Kasim Lewis who took her life in a shockingly violent manner.

“I have no doubt that women in London are safer for the fact that Lewis is behind bars. My thoughts are today with Iuliana’s family and her loyal friends who searched for her over Christmas last year.”

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