Shane Mays has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison at Winchester Crown Court for the “brutal” murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith.
The mother and father of murdered teen Louise Smith have described their lives in ‘turmoil’ after the ‘purely evil’ murder of their daughter.
In a victim impact statement before Winchester Crown Court, Rebbecca Cooper said, “I am Louise’s mother. This would be any parent’s worst nightmare and now it’s my nightmare. This is one of the hardest, heartbreaking things I’ll ever do. must do. .
You have taken away a part of my heart that will never be replaced. You killed my daughter Louise in such a traumatic way, but to do what you did afterwards is indescribable. You are a monster. What gave you the right to do. Which?
‘You left those scars in my head for the rest of my life. Whenever I think about her, I see the images shown in court.
“You damaged her so badly that I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, hold her hand, or even kiss her. I will never forgive you for this.
“My daughter was sixteen, a child just starting her life. Louise was a very strong-willed girl, happy and smiling. She would have done anything for everyone.
“She had the whole world to look forward to, college, new friends, and the opportunity to become the person she wanted. One of her dreams was to become a vet. She wanted to be a mother.
“She would have become a great mother and yes, sometimes a better mother than me. I wasn’t perfect, but I was still her mother. You took that dream from her and us. At sixteen her life should do that. started, not ended.
‘You turned my life upside down. I can’t sleep, eat and my life is a mess. You did this to me, nobody else.
“You came to my house the day you killed her, looked me in the eye without regret when you knew what you had done was pure evil. You made us relive what you did to Louise.
Louise will live on through us. The memories locked in our hearts. ‘
Bradley Smith, who is separated from Louise’s mother, said, “Since this tragic event turned my whole life upside down, I no longer enjoy activities that I used to do.
“My interactions with other people are now rarer than ever and when they do occur they are very short lived.
“This has meant that I am unable to function at work. My family is in great confusion and we will remain so for the rest of our lives.
“My mental and physical health has also been affected by not being able to sleep, I am haunted by nightmares and I miss my little girl immensely, constantly.
“I really don’t think I’ll ever recover from this.
“The best I can hope for is to cope better and I am sure my family feels the same way. Louise was a beautiful daughter and I have been robbed of what my time with her would be.”
Louise’s stepfather Richard O’Shea said, “I am Louise’s stepfather and her mother’s fiancé. What you have done destroyed my life.
“I may be only Louise’s stepfather, but she grew up with me and her mother Becky for nine years. She had grown up to be such a beautiful and smart young lady and it was a pleasure to call her my stepdaughter.
“We were going to celebrate her August 17th, but you took that from her and us too. Becky and I are engaged and Louise was so excited to be a bridesmaid. She even picked her dress for the occasion. You took that away from her.
“I hate seeing my fiancé cry every night because she won’t see her daughter walking through our front door anymore. We won’t hear her laugh or smile. You’ve even tried to stop Louise from seeing us.
“You made me physically sick from what you did. I can’t eat anymore. I find it very difficult to sleep at night because of the nightmares that put me to sleep until late in the morning.”
“I can’t talk to anyone about how I feel. I hardly go out, but when I manage to get out, I panic and leave Becky alone.
“Our lives are now on hold and have left a great void. Our family is struggling through this and it feels like we are being torn apart.