A man who strangled a teenage girl and dumped her body in a tank after she refused to have sex with him has been jailed for life.
Lewis Haines has been given a minimum sentence of 23 years and four months for the murder of Lily Sullivan, whom he met at a nightclub in Pembroke, south-west Wales, last December.
Haines, 31, and Miss Sullivan, 18, had kissed at the scene on December 16 and walked together to a nearby alley, where they became more intimate.
Judge Paul Thomas QC said it was clear that after spending around an hour in the lane together Haines had become “frustrated” and attacked Miss Sullivan for spurning his sexual advances.
The teenager was later found face down and topless in a nearby reservoir after Haines walked her to the lake and “forced” her cream lace top off.
After murdering Miss Sullivan, Haines walked past his victim’s mother, Anna Sullivan, as she waited to pick up her daughter from a nearby garage.
“The truth will haunt me for the rest of my life”
In a statement, Ms Sullivan called Haines ‘pure evil’ and said he looked ‘straight in the eye, knowing what he had done’ to his ‘beautiful’ daughter as he passed her.
“The events of the night Lily died keep coming back to me, and I wake up at night imagining Lily in the water, wondering if she knew what was going on, if she was scared,” a- she declared.
“I would have liked to stop Lily from going out that night. I imagine the man responsible for Lily’s death I saw in the garage and I would have liked to confront him.
“Knowing that I was so close to her, I wish I could get out of my car and walk.
“I will always wonder if I could have saved her.
“Those thoughts never leave me and I can’t stop thinking about them. I have to live with the fact that I will never know what really happened to Lily that night.
“I suspect the real truth will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
As Haines was taken to the cells, Miss Sullivan’s family and friends shouted ‘rot in hell’ and ‘monster’.
“His intention was to silence her”
Father-of-one Haines has admitted murdering Miss Sullivan but denied sexual misconduct, saying his victim had threatened to accuse her of rape.
At the time, Haines was in family court proceedings for access to his child and had a girlfriend.
“He strangled Lily to stop her telling people he tried to get her to go further than she wanted to,” Judge Thomas said.
“His intention was to shut her up. He didn’t want anyone to know what happened in the alley.”
Miss Sullivan’s social media featured a number of harrowing posts about misogyny, sexual violence and women being killed by men, including a photograph of floral tributes left for Sarah Everard with a sign reading: ‘She was just coming home from foot.”
Several weeks later, another article listed 80 women who had been killed by men since Miss Everard was murdered by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens.