For a minimum of 25 years, a 30-year-old man named ‘Shane Mays’ who abducted a vulnerable teenager to woodland where he murdered her and defiled her body has been imprisoned. Shane Mays walked to a secluded spot in Hampshire with Louise Smith, 16, before punching her in the face twice, causing fatal injuries.
Before being burned, her body was exposed to what the prosecutor called “extreme violence and violation.” After a police search, Louise’s remains were identified 13 days later.
He is 30 years old. And Louise Smith was 16 years old.
Shane Mays Found Guilty
Mays was convicted of the killing in Havant, Hampshire, on 8 May at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday.
On VE Day the “predatory” 30-year-old is suspected to have lured the teenager to a secluded woodland spot with the intention of sexually assaulting her, causing fatal injuries before repeatedly punching her in the face. Mays was convicted on Tuesday at Winchester Crown Court on 8 May of the killing in Havant, Hampshire.
The “predatory” 30-year-old is accused of luring the teenager to a secluded forest spot on VE Day with the intention of sexually assaulting her, causing fatal injuries before punching her in the face repeatedly.
The judge, 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 grossest abuse of trust.”
“I am not persuaded his learning disability tempered this in any way as Shane Mays plainly recognized Louise was young, had mental health difficulties, and was in his and CJ’s care.”
“The sudden death of any person is tragic but the death of a vulnerable child is particularly grievous.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Rebecca Cooper, the mother of Louise, said: “You killed my daughter Louise in such a traumatic way but then to do what you did afterward is beyond words. You are a monster. What gave you the right to do that?
“You damaged her so bad that I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, hold her hand, or even kiss her. I will never forgive you for this.
“You came to my house the day you killed her, looked me in the eyes with no remorse when you knew what you had done was pure evil. You have made us relive what you did to Louise.”
Mays confessed to her manslaughter and told the court that after losing his temper, he had hit Louise several times in her face and heard her bones break. He said: He said: “I just carried on, I lost control of myself. She made a moaning noise, that’s when I stopped.”
The defendant had an IQ of 63 – placing him in the bottom 1% of individuals, with Andrew Langdon QC, representing Mays, adding that he was evaluated as having learning disabilities and a personality disorder. A psychological evaluation of Mays for the jury was told.
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