CCTV shows 'murdered' teen Louise Smith 'shopping with her killer the night before her death'

THE final CCTV of a 16-year-old girl shows her shopping with her uncle before he allegedly bludgeoned her to death in a sexually-motivated murder.

Louise Smith can be seen walking side-by-side with Shane Mays, who is accused of smashing her skull in with a log before burning her body.



The pair were seen on CCTV visiting a store at around 8pm on May 7, Winchester Crown Court heard.

By 12.49pm the next day, Louise had vanished – her body "burned and violated" with "breathtaking brutality" and dumped in woodland.

"Easily-led" Louise had been staying with her aunt CJ and Mays, 30, in the two weeks leading up to her death after rowing with her mum.

The footage showed her buying booze with Mays in the Premier Store close to their Havant home.



She then enters Tesco alone before the both return to the one-bedroom flat just after 8pm.

Prosecutor James Newton-Price QC said: "This is the last known CCTV footage of Louise."

Jurors heard previously how on May 8, Mays lured Louise to Havant Thicket after taking advantage of the girl's "mental fragility".

While there, he then allegedly smashed her skull in with a log and later returned to "destroy" her body.

She was discovered two weeks later "severely decomposed" with her jaw bone completely detached and her body "burned and violated" with "breathtaking brutality".

Timeline of Louise’s death

May 7 – Final CCTV images showed Louise walking with Mays from Tesco after getting ice

May 8, morning – Louise sends a Snapchat from her phone – the last-ever taken of the teen

May 8, 12pm – Phone evidence showed she left home and headed towards Havant Thicket. CJ later tells a pal she was seen leaving with Mays at midday.

May 8, 12.49pm – A final text is sent from Louise's phone

May 8, 1pm – Louise's phone pings to a phone mast in Havant Thicket

May 8, 3pm – Louise's boyfriend arrives at the May house to meet her but she isn't there. CJ 'frantically' calls her

May 8, 4.07pm – Mays goes out to buy pizza as CJ and Louise's boyfriend look for her. He returns home at 5.02pm

May 8, 6.32pm – CJ calls the police and reports Louise missing

May 8, onwards – Mays and CJ are visited by police over the next few days. Mays tells officers he would "lock Louise in the bedroom if she returned" and asks if it was "ok to restrain her".

May 21, 11.45am – Louise's body is found in Havant Thicket

The court was told Mays, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, accepts attacking the teen after a row.

Andrew Langdon QC, said: "By his plea of manslaughter, Shane Mays accepts that on May 8, having walked with Louise he attacked her.

"His case is that he did so because of an argument which resulted in him losing control of his temper.

"He repeatedly punched her and he accepts that his attack on her caused or contributed to her subsequent death.

"He didn't intend to kill her or to cause really serious injury. He did not set fire to her."

Jurors previously heard how "easily-led" Louise had been staying with her aunt and Mays in the two weeks leading up to her death after rowing with her mum.

At first the trio "got on" and Louise wrote in texts to CJ how she wanted to call the pair "mum and dad" and spoke of their "perfect family".

But jurors were told the relationship soured and Louise told a friend Mays was "flirting with her".

A Snapchat video was also shown to jurors of Mays "tickling" Louise's feet.

After her body was found, Mays was charged with murder and his wife was freed on bail, it was said.

He originally told police he had walked with Louise to a skatepark in Emsworth, but later changed his version by admitting to causing her death at Havant Thicket, it was said.

Mays has an intermediary with him in the dock to help him understand proceedings as he "suffers from learning disabilities".

He denies one charge of murder but admits manslaughter.

The trial continues.




 

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