Man from Fairwarp pleads guilty to murder


Lewis Ashdown has admitted murdering 18-year-old Marc Williams in the early hours of Sunday 30th May this year. The pair, who were associates, had met up the night before.

Ashdown, 20, a chef, of Normansland in Fairwarp, was charged after Marc’s body was found by police in a wooded area off the A26 at Heron’s Ghyll. It was confirmed he had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Lewis Ashdown (Sussex Police)

Yesterday (Monday 23rd) at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, Ashdown pleaded guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He has been remanded in custody for sentencing next month.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, said:

This was a horrendous and unprovoked attack on a young man who thought he was simply out enjoying an evening with a friend.

Lewis Ashdown took advantage of Marc’s trust and friendship, and killed him in a sustained and violent assault.

Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Marc at this incredibly distressing time.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers


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