“Predator” Shane Mays is believed to have lured the vulnerable Louise Smith to the remote forest where he killed her to sexually assault her, his trial was told.
The 30-year-old, who has lower-than-average intelligence, then “brutally” beat her to death before contaminating and burning her body in an attempt to cover up his crime, Winchester Crown Court heard.
The jury was told that Louise, who was suffering from depression, had moved in with Mays and his wife Chazlynn Jayne (CJ) Mays, the teen’s aunt, in late April after “ arguing ” with her mother.
Initially, the appointment in the one-room apartment of the Mays, with Louise sleeping in the living room, worked well, with the 16-year-old so pleased that she wanted to call Mrs. Mays and the defendant Mom and Dad.
But Louise complained to her boyfriend, Bradley Kercher, that Mays would flirt and pin her, and the court was shown a short Snapchat video of the defendant tickling her feet.
Louise’s vulnerability, who had a social worker, was shown in a message to Ms. have been to be a child. “
A few days after Louise moved in with the Mays, arguments began to erupt about household chores and about the teen wanting to smoke cannabis.
Tension peaked on May 7 when Louise disappeared for several hours, before the three caught up and watched television until the early hours.
Louise told friends via phone messages that she was drunk that night and got a hangover the next day, VE Day.
That afternoon, Mays took Louise on a walk to Havant Thicket – the defendant claimed she wanted to ‘bond’ with him, but the prosecution suggests that he lured her there with the promise of cannabis, with the aim of sexually abusing her.
In the woods, Mays hit Louise repeatedly in the face, breaking the skeletal structure and dislocating the jaw.
Her body was found 13 days later and an attempt was made to burn the body.
Mays denied any serious harm to her, but said he forgot about the incident until he was arrested and jailed, telling the court that he then remembered punching her in the face before running away.
The court heard that a clinical assessment of the defendant found that he had an “extremely low” IQ of 63, putting him in the bottom percentile of the people.
It also scored in the 0.1 percentile memory range, which tests his ability to hold information for a short period of time.
The trial also heard details about the lifestyle of the defendant, who had not worked for five years after leaving school at the age of 15, before taking on jobs including working in factories, laying asphalt and working as a mechanic.
The defendant, who lived on a fortnightly payout of £ 50 from his wife, described how he would play video games like Call Of Duty, Need For Speed and Fortnite on his Xbox console for nine hours a day.
And he said he had used cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy in the past, between the ages of 18 and 29.
After her death, Louise, who was trained as a veterinary nurse, was described by her family as a “smiley, generous person”.
They added, “Louise had beautiful blue eyes, a cheeky smile and was known for her kindness to others. She loved animals and had a sarcastic sense of humor.”
Hundreds of motorcyclists came to her funeral in July, wearing ribbons of her favorite color, purple, along the route, while the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth lit up purple as a sign of respect.