Footage has been released of the moment a teenage student calmly walked down the high street with her future killer, 31, after they met at a nightclub.
Lily Sullivan, 18, was strangled by Lewis Haines and left partially naked face down in water at a local beauty spot in Pembroke, Wales last December.
A court heard Lewis became ‘frustrated’ when she rejected his sexual advances and forced himself on her when she tried to leave.
He then killed her because he ‘couldn’t risk her surviving’ to accuse him of assaulting her or telling his longtime girlfriend, a judge has heard in Swansea Crown Court ahead of Haines’ murder conviction on Friday.
The father-of-one admitted to killing Lily but denied the attack was sexually motivated.
His claims were dismissed after an inquest hearing in court, which heard how the victim’s crop top was found at the water’s edge.
After leaving the Out nightclub in the early hours, father-of-one Haines drove Lily down an alley near Mill Pond.
The court heard how a friend of Sullivan’s yelled at Haines, “What are you doing?” You have a girlfriend… and she’s only 18.’
The couple kissed and cuddled, but then Lily “decided she was going home”.
Judge Thomas said: ‘Fueled as he was by the drink, I’m sure Mr Haines was frustrated by it. He became energetic; she resisted.
“I’m sure Lily didn’t take her top off on purpose. I’m sure Mr. Haines took it off before putting it in the pond.
“My belief is that when he got strong, Lily said she would complain that he tried to force himself on her.”
Shortly before 3 a.m., Lily spoke to her mother on the phone, telling her, “I’ll be there now mom.” I am on my way. I’m a few minutes away. I’m almost there.
But the line was cut when Haines launched her attack, and separate CCTV footage showed Lily’s phone flashing repeatedly as her mother tried to call her back 30 times.
Haines returned home to the village of Lamphey and told his partner: “I strangled someone. They are in the pool.
He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison at a hearing later Friday.
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