Man charged with murder of 22-year-old woman in Finsbury Park
A man has been charged with the brutal murder of a 22-year-old woman in Finsbury Park.
Iuliana Tudos was discovered in the north London park on Wednesday afternoon, several hundred metres from her home.
Kasim Lewis, 31, from Friern Barnet, north London, was charged with her murder today, Scotland Yard said.
Iuliana was last seen by friends at around 8pm on Christmas Eve, when she went to get a bus home from Camden.
She was due to meet them at a friend’s home in Enfield, north-east London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived.
Her body was found in a disused building close to a baseball pitch, prompting a murder investigation.
Forensics officers marked out what appeared to be clothing scattered on the grass.
A post-mortem examination later gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury. Further tests are ongoing.
Lewis will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Haringey Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Des Fahy said extra officers were deployed to reassure the local community.
He said: ‘We understand that the local community might have concerns, but I want to reassure people that incidents of this nature are incredibly rare.
‘We have police out and about on patrol and local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been out speaking to members of the community.
‘By all accounts, Iuliana was a bubbly lively girl enjoying a fun life in London when she was tragically taken from her loved ones. Our hearts go out to them.’
Iuliana, who also called herself ‘Julie’, was from Moscow and worked at the World’s End pub in Camden, according to her Facebook page and neighbours.