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Teenager, 18, discovered drowned in pond after allegedly being ‘murdered Christmas social gathering collectively’

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Teenager, 18, was discovered drowned in a pond after being ‘murdered by scaffolder, 31, after they left nightclub Christmas social gathering collectively’, inquest hears

  • Lily Sullivan, 18, had been partying with buddies previous to her dying in December
  • She was discovered lifeless in Mill Ponds near a fort in Pembroke on December 17
  • A coroner at Haverfordwest County Corridor right now opened an inquest into her dying
  • However the full inquest will now be postponed because of ongoing prison investigation
  • Lewis Haines, 31, from Lamphey, is accused of murdering the teenager after social gathering 


A youngster was discovered drowned in a pond after being ‘murdered by a father once they left a nightclub Christmas social gathering collectively’, an inquest has heard.

Lily Sullivan, 18, had been partying with buddies simply hours earlier than her physique was discovered within the Mill Ponds near a fort within the historic city of Pembroke on December 17.

Father-of-one Lewis Haines, 31, has been charged together with her homicide after allegedly strangling {the teenager}, a court docket heard final month.

The opening of an inquest into Lily’s dying at Haverfordwest County Corridor right now heard that police have been known as to the ponds at 4.12am ‘following stories of a feminine physique within the water’.

Regardless of resuscitation makes an attempt on the scene, Lily was pronounced lifeless at 6.02am, the inquest heard.

Coroner Paul Bennett stated a full inquest into her dying couldn’t happen till an ongoing prison probe concludes.

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

Lily Sullivan, 18, was discovered lifeless close to a pond in Pembrokeshire and a person has been arrested on suspicion of homicide. Proper, the final image of Lily taken simply hours earlier than her dying 

Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of killing 18-year-old Miss Sullivan after the teenager was found near Mill Pond, in Pembroke, shortly after 4am Friday

Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of killing 18-year-old Miss Sullivan after {the teenager} was discovered close to Mill Pond, in Pembroke, shortly after 4am Friday

Mill Pond in Pembroke, Wales, where Lily was found drowned on December 17 last year

Mill Pond in Pembroke, Wales, the place Lily was discovered drowned on December 17 final 12 months

He stated: ‘The method by which the investigation has been opened has been overtaken by occasions.’

The coroner subsequently adjourned the inquest to a date to be fastened at a later time. 

Haines, a scaffolder of Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, is but to enter a plea and was remanded in custody when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court docket final month.

Prosecutor Michael Cray informed that court docket listening to that Lily had been seen on CCTV in Paddles nightclub and later strolling by means of the city, however was later discovered lifeless. 

He stated she and Haines had not been recognized to one another earlier than the night time of the alleged homicide, telling the court docket that Lily had been strangled.  

In tribute following her dying, Lily’s household stated: ‘Lily was a form and caring daughter who can be deeply missed by everybody.

‘The household are very grateful to all of Lily’s buddies for his or her help.’

Flowers have been additionally laid on the mill pond subsequent to historic Pembroke Fort in reminiscence of grocery store employee Miss Sullivan. 

Household buddy Byron John added: ‘Lily was a candy and wonderful younger lady, nicely spoken and really grown up for her years.

‘She had the entire of her life in entrance of her. It is simply horrible. Her mom Anna doted on her, she was an solely youngster they usually have been very shut.’

Forensics officers working near Pembroke Castle in west Wales where Miss Sullivan's body was found

Forensics officers working close to Pembroke Fort in west Wales the place Miss Sullivan’s physique was discovered

A large police cordon that was set up over the weekend had now been taken down

A big police cordon that was arrange over the weekend had now been taken down

Pals stated Lily was a gifted horsewoman and grew up with a love for ponies and the countryside.

However buddies stated she was a typical 18-year-old who beloved trend, music and nights out with buddies.  

Father-of-two Haines performs wicketkeeper for Lamphey Cricket Membership, close to Pembroke, and is described as a ‘hard-hitting’ batsman who ‘likes to social gathering and have a good time the wins’. 

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