Louise Smith murder: “Predatory” uncle of girl, 16, found guilty of “brutal” killing

Louise Smith murder: “Predatory” uncle of girl, 16, found guilty of “brutal” killing

 

The ‘predatory’ uncle of a teenage girl who was ‘cruelly and brutally’ killed and defiled in a ‘terrible way’ has been found guilty of her murder.

Shane Mays subjected 16-year-old Louise Smith to ‘extreme violence and excruciating, overwhelming pain’, shattering her skull and leaving her ‘unrecognisable’ in a sexually motivated attack.

Throughout the trial jurors heard distressing evidence about how the married 30 year old used such devastating force her jawbone was ‘completely detached from her skull’ and her body had been ‘penetrated’.

Mays made a ‘determined attempt’ to destroy the aspiring veterinary nurse’s body by returning to it and ‘building a bonfire’ on top of her.

The prosecution had alleged that he had killed her to ‘silence her’ and violated her body because he was worried he may have made her pregnant.

James Newton-Price QC, said Mays ‘changed his story’ by admitting manslaughter on the opening day of the trial having originally told police he knew nothing about her death.

Mr Newton-Price told jurors that on VE Day on May 8 earlier this year, Mays led the ‘vulnerable and impressionable’ college student to woodland site Havant Thicket, Hants, and murdered her.

Mays and his wife CJ – the teenager’s aunt – had only started caring for Louise two weeks before she died – and Mays admitted he knew the teen wanted to start calling him ‘dad’.

However, Louise’s relationship with CJ and Mays later soured as she ‘had enough of being there’ following arguments over her boyfriend and smoking cannabis.

During the three week trial at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, Mays, who has an IQ of 63, tried to claim Louise had in fact led him into the woodland before he lost his temper following an argument over cannabis.

He claimed he punched Louise until her bones ‘cracked’ before leaving her ‘moaning’, but alive, on the ground after the 5ft tall teen hit him with a ‘big stick’.

Prosecutors said he was simply ‘unable to face up’ to the extent of what he had done and described it as a ‘clear and compelling case of murder’.

Jurors today took just two hours and fifteen minutes to unanimously find Mays guilty. Mays, who is 6ft tall and 17 stone showed no emotion as the verdict was read out.

Justice May spoke after the jury had given its verdict and said: “We ask a lot in cases like this of our jurors…

“I want to thank each one of you for the attention you have given to this case.”

Mr Newton-Price QC previously said: “This is a cruel and brutal murder.

“A determined attempt had been made to destroy her body, which was so badly burned and damaged by fire as to be unrecognisable.

“Her body has been subjected to extreme violence and violation, including repeated and heavy blows to her head.

“Her body had also been penetrated in a terrible way… there are grounds to believe that part of the motivation for her murder was sexual.”

Louise moved into Mays’ flat which he shared with CJ [Chazlynn] following a ‘quarrel’ with her mum, Rebecca Cooper.

Louise got on well with CJ and Mays and messaged CJ saying: “I wish you and Shane was my parents, maybe then I wouldn’t be the way I have been recently. I want to start calling you guys mum and dad but I don’t wanna make Shane feel uncomfortable.”

There was ‘an incident of tickling and playfighting’ and Mr Newton-Price QC showed jurors a short video of Mays, looking through her knees and tickling her.

However, Mr Newton-Price QC said ‘that happy start did not last long’ and ‘tensions’ grew.

Days later Louise sent a friend an image of her crying on Snapchat. She stated ‘clearly’ in messages to friends that she wanted to move out, telling one: “I can’t live here anymore… Long story, they are just vile.”

Mr Newton-Price QC said: “Louise disappeared sometime after 12.49pm on May 8, that was the last time of her last outgoing contact with her phone.”

Mr Newton-Price QC said police immediately had concerns about Mays’ account of Louise’s disappearance.

He said: “Mays told police that he had walked Louise to a recreation ground or skate park.
“He said he left her there in the early afternoon that day. That was a lie.

“In fact, Mays and Louise walked to Havant Thicket and Mays killed her there. He took her mobile phone and threw it into the woods as he left the scene of the killing.”

Friends of Louise, whose body was found on May 21, said she was ‘easily led’ and ‘vulnerable to peer pressure’.

Mays, from Havant, has learning difficulties, and required an intermediary while answering questions.

He was found guilty of one count of murder and will be sentenced tomorrow morning.

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