The man suspected of battering and stabbing a barmaid to death in a North London park will stand trial in six months' time.
Karim Lewis, 31 and from Barnet, will appear in court in June. He appared at the Old Bailey this morning via video link from Wandsworth Prison, where he is currently on remand.
Lewis, who was arrested in Dalston on New Year's Day, is charged with murdering Iuliana Tudos and leaving her body in Finsbury Park on Christmas Eve.
Tudos, who was of Greek and Russian origin and worked at the World's End pub in Camden, had spent the day with friends but left them to go home at around 8pm.
She was reported missing the next day when she did not show up for Christmas Day celebrations with friends. CCTV footage showed her on the edge of the park just after 8.20pm, according to the Hackney Gazette.
Her body was discovered on December 27 near the Finsbury Park softball pitches, just yards from her home. Post-mortem results showed she had sustained a head injury in the attack as well as being stabbed in the abdomen.