An 18-year-old teenager was found drowned in a pond after allegedly “murdered together at a Christmas party”

A teenager, 18, was found drowned in a pond after being allegedly ‘murdered by his father, 31, after they left a Christmas party together at a nightclub’, hears investigation

  • Lily Sullivan, 18, was partying with friends before her death in December
  • She was found dead at Mill Ponds near Pembroke Castle on December 17
  • The coroner at Haverfordwest County Hall today launched an investigation into her death
  • However, the entire investigation will now be postponed due to the ongoing criminal investigation
  • Lewis Haines, 31, of Lamphey, is charged with the murder of a teenager after a party










The teenager was found drowned in a pond after he was allegedly “murdered by his father when they left a Christmas party together at a nightclub,” they heard the investigation.

Lily Sullivan, 18, was at a party with friends just hours before her body was found on December 17 at Mill Ponds near the castle in the historic town of Pembroke.

The father of one of Lewis Haines’ children, 31, was charged with her murder after allegedly strangling a teenager, the court heard last month.

The opening of Lily’s death investigation at Haverfordwest County Hall heard today that police were called to the ponds at 4:12 “after reports of a woman’s body in the water.”

Despite resuscitation attempts on the spot, Lily was pronounced dead at 6:02.

Coroner Paul Bennett said a full investigation into her death could not take place until the ongoing criminal investigation was completed.

Miss Sullivan, whose body was found in Pembroke Mill Pond

Lily Sullivan, 18, was found dead at a pond in Pembrokeshire and the man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Lily Sullivan, 18, was found dead near a pond in Pembrokeshire and a man was arrested on suspicion of murder. That’s right, Lily’s last picture was taken just hours before she died

Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of killing 18-year-old Miss Sullivan after a teenager was found near Mill Pond in Pembroke, shortly after 4:00 on Friday.

Lewis Haines (pictured) is accused of killing 18-year-old Miss Sullivan after a teenager was found near Mill Pond in Pembroke, shortly after 4:00 on Friday.

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

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

He said: ‘The process by which the investigation was launched has been overcome by events.’

The coroner then postponed the investigation to a date to be determined later.

Haines, a scaffolder in Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, has not yet filed a lawsuit and was taken into custody when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court last month.

Prosecutor Michael Cray said at the trial that Lily was seen on CCTV at Paddles nightclub and later walked through the city, but was later found dead.

He said she and Haines did not know the alleged murder the night before, and told the court that Lily had been strangled.

In honor of her death, Lily’s family said, “Lily was a kind and caring daughter who will be deeply missed by all.

“The family is very grateful to all of Lily’s friends for their support.”

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

Family friend Byron John added: “Lily was a sweet and beautiful young woman, she spoke well and was very mature for her years.

“She had her whole life ahead of her. It’s just awful. Her mother Anna loved her, she was an only child and they were very close. “

Forensic officers working near Pembroke Castle in West Wales, where Miss Sullivan's body was found

Forensic officers working near Pembroke Castle in West Wales, where Miss Sullivan’s body was found

The large police cordon, which was set up over the weekend, has now been taken down

The large police cordon, which was set up over the weekend, has now been taken down

Friends said that Lily was a gifted rider and grew up with a love for ponies and the countryside.

But friends said she was a typical 18-year-old girl who loved fashion, music and evenings with friends.

Father of two children, Haines, plays a wicketkeeper at the Lamphey Cricket Club near Pembroke and is described as a “tough” batsman who “likes to party and celebrate victory.”

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