A man who murdered a barmaid in a sexually motivated attack has admitted previously killing another woman.
Kasim Lewis, 32, was jailed for life for murder of Iuliana Tudos, 22, whose naked body was found in a park, three days after she vanished on her way home from work on Christmas Eve 2017.
Lewis pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to murdering Catherine Burke, 55, at her home in Haringey the month before Ms Tudos was killed.
He will be sentenced on Thursday.
The court heard that after Lewis’s conviction, DNA evidence linked him to the scene of the death of retired civil servant Ms Burke.
Police found the mother-of-one stabbed to death on 16 November 2017, and her mobile phone was tracked in the direction of Lewis’ address.
At the time of her death a neighbour described Ms Burke, who had lived alone since her son went to university, as “a real character”.
A month later a cocaine, cannabis and alcohol-fuelled Lewis attacked Ms Tudos as she passed through Finsbury Park on her walk home after a shift at the World’s End pub in Camden, north London.
Lewis slashed her with a broken bottle in the neck, abdomen and wrists and during the attack extracted her PIN number and later withdrew cash from her account.
Her body was found in a burnt-out building by her friends.
After admitting murder, Lewis, previously of Friern Barnet, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 29 years.
Judge Richard Marks QC described the killing of Ms Tudos as “wicked beyond belief”.
A woman who claims she had a relationship with film director Michael Winner has admitted robbing his widow of jewellery, art and cash.
Geraldine Winner, 81, suffered head injuries and a broken finger in the break-in at her flat in Knightsbridge, central London, on 9 October 2015.
Gurgana Gueorguieva, 48, of Holland Park, admitted one count of robbery.
However, prosecutors at Southwark Crown Court said they did not accept the basis of her plea.
Ms Gueorguieva only admitted stealing items to the value of £50,000 and claimed any injuries caused to her victim were accidental.
But prosecutors said they did not believe her version of events “particularly when one looks at the injuries sustained by the complainant”.
They also consider that the items taken were worth £280,000.
A judge will rule on the dispute at a so-called Newton hearing on 26 September, when Mrs Winner is also expected give evidence.
‘Zip-tied hands and feet’
A previous hearing was told Mrs Winner was attacked as she went to take the rubbish out.
Prosecutor Manjit Mahal said Ms Gueorguieva “grabbed a kettle from a counter and struck Mrs Winner over the head causing multiple head lacerations”.
“The defendant zip-tied her hands and feet, leaving her face down on the kitchen floor while she proceeded to raid the house of valuables,” he said.
Ms Gueorguieva was arrested after stolen goods thought to be worth £248,000 were found in a storage lock-up in Brentford that she rented, the court heard.
All but one item has now been recovered, the hearing was told.
Mr Mahal said Ms Gueorguieva, a personal trainer, had initially denied any knowledge of the break-in but then gave police “a full and frank admission to the offence”.
He said that when asked about her motivation she “stated she hated Geraldine Winner and had meticulously planned the robbery for two years”, having previously been in a relationship with Mr Winner – who died in 2013 – “between 1999 and 2002”.