Chef admits murdering teenage friend after both disappeared on bank holiday night out

Marc Williams called his family at around 11.30pm on the night of Saturday May 29 to say he was on his way home but never returned. His body was found several days later

A young chef who stabbed his friend more than 100 times in a frenzied attack faces a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder.

Chef Lewis Ashdown, 20, admitted killing 18-year-old Marc Williams, from Uckfield, East Sussex, who disappeared after calling his family to say he was on his way home.

Marc called his family at around 11.30pm on the night of Saturday May 29 to say he was on his way home but never returned.

Meanwhile, Lewis was last seen in Crowborough around 11am on Sunday morning but had also seemingly disappeared.

At the time, police issued an appeal for information as to the whereabouts of the two teenagers, after becoming “increasingly worried” about their welfare.

Officers carried out house to house enquiries, CCTV enquiries and local area searches as they worked to establish their movements.

But enquiries later turned into a homicide investigation, with Williams’ body being found in a wooded area in the village of Fairwarp on Tuesday June 1.

Sussex Police confirmed the teenager died of multiple stab wounds.

While post mortem examinations were still being carried out, Williams was understood to have been knifed more than 100 times during the brutal attack, Sussex Live reported.

Ashdown, of Normansland, Uckfield, pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He has been remanded in custody for sentencing on September 24, police have said.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers described the incident as a “horrendous and unprovoked attack” on a young man who had thought he was simply out “enjoying a night with a friend”.

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

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

Following Mr Williams’ death, his family said in a statement: “Marc touched the hearts of so many people, and made their lives brighter with his loving, caring and thoughtful actions.

“We are feeling his loss every second and that will never change. Our hearts are broken.

“Rest peacefully, our cheeky boy. With so much love from Mum, Dad and your whole family.”