Louise Smith’s uncle Shane Mays jailed for life for teenager’s ‘brutal’ murder

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Shane Mays has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years at Winchester Crown Court for the “brutal” murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith.

On the opening day of his trial, Shane Mays, 30, admitted manslaughter after originally telling police he knew nothing about her death.

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court heard distressing evidence throughout the trial about the tragic death of 16-year-old Louise Smith who had such devastating injuries her jawbone was "completely detached from her skull."

Mays was convicted of murdering Louise in an "extreme" way that subjected the teen to "excruciating, overwhelming pain" in what has been described as a sexually motivated attack.

He was found to have made a "determined attempt" to destroy the teenager’s body by "building a bonfire" on top of her.

Passing sentence on Wednesday the judge in the case, Mrs Justice May, said: "Shane Mays was in a position of trust in relation to Louise; theirs was like a father-daughter relationship.

"That being, he committed the most gross abuse of trust. I am not persuaded his learning disability tempered this in any way as Shane Mays plainly recognised Louise was young, had mental health difficulties and was in his and CJ's care."

  • Man admits manslaughter of Louise Smith, 16, found dead in woodland

Louise went missing on May 8 this year and her dead body was found in woodland in Havant Thicket, Hampshire on May 21.

Her remains were "severely decomposed" with her jaw bone completely detached from her body.

Her remains are also understood to have been "burned" and "violated" in what police describe as an example of "breathtaking brutality."

CCTV from May 7 showed her shopping with her uncle – the last footage of her alive.

It took jurors just two hours and fifteen minutes to unanimously find Mays guilty of Louise's murder and the monster uncle showed no emotion as the verdict was read out.

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