A doorstep vigil of light to honour the memory of murdered teenager Lily Sullivan is taking place in Pembrokeshire tonight, Saturday August 27.

The call for people to shine a ‘Light for Lily’ as night falls has come from a Pembrokeshire mum who feels that a positive gesture is needed following the harrowing court case, which resulted in Lewis Haines being jailed for 23 years.

The evil 31-year-old predator had strangled the 18-year-old, he met in a nightclub last December, after she had rebuffed his sexual advances. He then dumped her body in Pembroke Mill Pond.

The mum behind tonight's vigil call said: “I just felt like something needs to be done as there is so much pain in the community.”

The mum, who did not want to be named, is urging the people of Pembrokeshire to get together to show their support for Lily and her family tonight as darkness falls.

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Last January, hundreds of people attended a vigil in Cardiff for both Lily and  schoolteacher Ashling Murphy, who was killed by a stranger as she ran along a canal in broad daylight in Ireland.

Tonight’s vigil will be the first in Pembrokeshire for 18-year-old Lily, with the focus also being on the need to keep streets safe.

“People can take part in the vigil wherever they want – maybe on the doorsteps like they did when Sarah Everard passed,” added the mum.

People in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to remember 18-year-old Lily Sullivan who was murdered by a man who had demanded she have sex with him.

At yesterday's court hearing the impact of the murder on Lily's mum Anna Sullivan was laid bare in a powerful statement she'd made which was read to the court by William Hughes QC who lead the prosecution.

She also referred to how Haines had walked past her while she sat waiting in her car to collect Lily as arranged.

“The events of the night Lily died go over in my mind constantly and I wake up in the night picturing Lily in the water, wondering if she knew what was happening, if she was scared,” Ms Sullivan said in a victim impact statement.

“I wish I had stopped Lily going out that night.

“I picture the male responsible for Lily’s death who I saw in the garage and wish I’d confronted him.

“He looked me straight in the eyes, knowing what he had done.

“Knowing I was that close to her, I wish I’d gotten out of my car and walked. I will always wonder if I could have saved her.

“These thoughts never leave me and I can’t stop thinking about it. I have to live with the fact that I will now never know what really happened to Lily that night.

“I suspect the actual truth will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Speaking outside Swansea Crown Court, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Yelland said he hoped Lily Sullivan’s family and friends could begin to rebuild their lives.

People in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to remember 18-year-old Lily Sullivan who was murdered by a man who had demanded she have sex with him.Killer Lewis Haines. Picture: Dyfed-Powys Police

“The life sentence handed down today to Lewis Haines ensures he will not be able to freely harm others in the community,” he said.

“Dyfed-Powys Police and our partners will continue to work tirelessly to bring to justice those who perpetrate offences against women and girls in all its forms.

“This sentencing is no consolation for family and friends of Lily, but I hope this will be a step forward in the slow process of rebuilding their lives.

“Today my thoughts are entirely with them.”

He added: "The violent and predatory actions of Lewis Haines took the life of Lily in an attempt to satisfy his own needs.

“Lewis Haines passed numerous opportunities to seek help when fleeing the scene of his crime.

“These cruel actions have changed the lives of all those who knew Lily and the close knit community of Pembroke.”