Scaffolder, 31, denies murdering teenager, 18, found in pond

Father-of one scaffolder, 31, pleads guilty to manslaughter but denies murdering teenager Lily Sullivan, 18, who was found drowned in beauty spot pond after partying with friends at a nightclub

  • Lewis Haines, 31, from Pembrokeshire appeared at Swansea Crown Court today 
  • He is accused of murdering 18-year-old Lily Sullivan who died after a night out
  • Her body was found in a beauty spot in Pembroke, south Wales, on December 17
  • Haines today admitted manslaughter but denies murder, with a trial due in June
  • A father-of-one has today admitted killing a young woman who was found strangled in an isolated beauty spot.

    Lily Sullivan, 18, had been partying with friends and a seen in a nightclub just hours before her body was found in the Mill Pond area of Pembroke, south Wales, in the early hours of Friday, December 17.

    Lewis Haines, 31, of Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, was charged with Miss Sullivan’s murder and a court heard he strangled the teenager.

    Haines appeared at Swansea Crown Court today where he denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

    He is due back on court on June 20 for trial.

    Haines and Miss Sullivan allegedly met in a Pembroke nightclub called Paddles just hours before her body was found. CCTV footage is said to have showed the pair speaking in the club.

    Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of murdering 18-year-old Lily Sullivan after the teenager's body was found near Mill Pond, in Pembroke, shortly after 4am on December 17 last year

    Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of murdering 18-year-old Lily Sullivan after the teenager’s body was found near Mill Pond, in Pembroke, shortly after 4am on December 17 last year

    Lily Sullivan, 18, was found dead in Mill Pond, Pembroke, at 4.12am on December 17 last year after police attended 'following reports of a female body in the water'

    Lily Sullivan, 18, was found dead in Mill Pond, Pembroke, at 4.12am on December 17 last year after police attended ‘following reports of a female body in the water’ 

    It is understood they did not know each other prior to that evening.

    CCTV footage purportedly shows the pair leaving the club separately and meeting in a lane near the club.

    Lily’s body was found in Mill Pond at 4am on Friday, December 18.

    She was wearing a white cropped top, blue jeans with ripped knees,

    Coroner’s officer Lisa Jenkins told an earlier inquest hearing that police were called to the ponds at 4.12am ‘following reports of a female body in the water’.

    She added: ‘Despite resuscitation attempts she was pronounced dead at 6.02am.’

    Miss Sullivan, whose body was found at Pembroke Mill Pond

    Lily Sullivan, 18, was found dead near a pond in Pembrokeshire and a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

    Lily Sullivan, 18, died at Mill Pond in Pembrokeshire and Lewis Haines has been charged on suspicion of murder. Right, the last picture of Lily taken just hours before her death 

    Lily's body was found in Mill Pond near Pembroke Castle (pictured), a renowned beauty spot in the area

    Lily’s body was found in Mill Pond near Pembroke Castle (pictured), a renowned beauty spot in the area

    In tribute, following her death, Lily’s family said: ‘Lily was a kind and caring daughter who will be deeply missed by everyone.

    ‘The family are very thankful to all of Lily’s friends for their support.’

    Flowers were also laid at the mill pond next to historic Pembroke Castle in memory of supermarket worker Miss Sullivan. 

    Family friend Byron John added: ‘Lily was a sweet and lovely young woman, well spoken and very grown up for her years.

    ‘She had the whole of her life in front of her. It’s just terrible. Her mother Anna doted on her, she was an only child and they were very close.