Shane Lee Mays, 30 of Somborne Drive in Havant
is accused of killing
Louise after her body was discovered in the Havant
Thicket woodland on the 21st May, following an extensive search
of the area after she was last seen
on the 8th of May this
Rebbecca and Family are in Court again today
and will attend throughout this trial
, Although they
are in complete shock
and very emotional by the descriptive nature
of what had happened to Louise, they
wish to fight to seek justice
for Louis. The details that
are written of the horrific murder
in our live updates they
have also heard in court live.
The prosecution has now completed the opening
of the case, and are at the stage of presenting evidence to the jury.
We have so far heard evidence from Louise’s boyfriend, and the police officer
in the case DC Julie Way
Mr Newton-Price described May as lying to police
as to his movements on the day Louise went missing
, He went on to describe how this
was a cruel and brutal murder
, Detailing that
Louise’s body was found in Havant
Thicket at 11.45am on May 21 following an extensive search
by the Hampshire police
A determined attempt had been made to destroy her body. It was so badly burnt and damaged by fire
as to be unrecognisable.
Her body had been subjected to extreme violence and violation.
included repeated and heavy blows to her head. ‘The bones and the structure of her face had been shattered’
‘Her jawbone was completely detached from the skull
. Her body had also been penetrated in a terrible way.’
Louise was ‘vulnerable,’ the prosecutor said as she took antidepressants and suffered from anxiety.
Mr Newton-Price said Louise sent
a message to Ms Mays saying: “I want to start
calling you guys mum and dad but I do not want to make
Days later Louise sent
a friend an image of her crying on Snapchat
. She stated ‘clearly’ in messages to friends that
she wanted to move
out, telling one: “I can’t live here anymore… Long story
are just vile.”
CJ and Shane were both arrested on May 14, on suspicion
. When interviewed, Shane Mays then told police
to throw them
off the scent, Newton-Price QC argues.
The pathology report claims Louise would have died on either Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9.
Newton-Price said: ‘It’s likely he must have returned to the scene
to burn her body. He can’t have been out searching
for her because he exactly where her body was.
outing would not have been caught on CCTV if he took a certain route
Evidence of a forensic scientist has been told to the court that
Louise would have suffered blows to her face causing bleeding with blood spots found on Mays left
The blood spots were consistent with someone punching her many times
DNA found was more than
one billion times
to have originated from Louise.
Mr Newton-Price said Mays ‘lured’ Louise to a remote location before he attacked her with ‘unimaginable cruelty’ before attempting to cover his tracks so no one would find her.
QC defending Mays has said that
the defendant admitted attacking Louise. He attacked her because of an argument where he lost
his temper, he told the court. He repeatedly punched her and he accepts the attack would have caused/contributed to her death but he did not intend to kill her.
said Mays admitted he said he walked Louise to Emsworth
when in fact he had not done so. He said Mays ‘accepts’ his DNA was found on a stick used to attack Louise and that
Louise’s blood was found on his left
Louise’s boyfriend said she was always on her phone
so it was strange that
was suddenly off especially as he was supposed to be meeting with her. It didn’t fit together in my head.
for the defence asked Louise’s boyfriend; “Louise was worried you were going to leave
her” – Louise’s boyfriend confirmed this
from the timeline of messages sent
and received by Louise’s phone
, Louise tells CJay, Mays wife that
she wants to call them
mum and dad as long
as it is ok with Mays. The message reads; “I wish you were my parents
CCTV footage shows
May’s with Louise walking on Somborne Drive just before they
entered the Premier Stores
shortly before 8pm on May 7.
Mays can be seen
wearing a pink polo style top with black trousers and a pair
of white trainers.
Louise is wearing a jacket and black trousers.
queue up together before Louise leaves
while Mays goes back in to buy a bottle of alcohol.
Louise is seen
in on CCTV in the local Tesco store
prior to the pair
meeting up and walk back also carrying bags on Somborne Drive after 8pm.
Mr Newton-Price said to the court; This
known CCTV footage of Louise”
Louise’s mum Rebbecca Cooper previously told Hampshire
and Isle of Wight news
;. “Louise was very loved by me, both her dad’s, her nan and grandad, all her aunties uncles’ cousins and family, friends, teachers, and people
who didn’t know
her, she will be very missed by all”.
be mindful of any comments and do not speculate on the live trial
Louise’s family and friends continue to ask for justice
We will continue to bring you LIVE updates throughout this trial
10.20 – Good morning
, we have recapped above on what we have been told so far on this trial
. The trial
is set to resume shortly. Again we warn that
of the prosecution’s case is one of a very graphic and upsetting nature
. We will continue to present the facts here as stated in court through this trial
. Mr Newton-Price QC is to continue this morning
from where he left
off with presenting the case to the jury, we are due to resume watching CCTV footage showing the movements of Louise and Mays.
10.55 – May’s has entered the dock. The judge
and jury are not yet present in the court.
11.18 – Louise’s friend Chloe Edwards takes
. She has said Louise’s relationship with Bradley was very good and she met up with Louise after seeing a troubling picture
of her online.
11.22 – She has told the court that
Louise told her about arguments with CJay and May’s but didn’t actually go into any specific details about it.
11.28 – She said that
Louise told her she was allowed to smoke
weed again by Mays and CJay in their
flat She said Louise never really
went far from where she lived.
11.31 – Louise wasn’t allowed her phone
and not allowed out, and reacted as rebellious.
She has said that
Louise had trouble living at the May’s flat, and Louise said It is hard because I’m trying my hardest to be happy but they
drag me down
14.20 – The court is now being shown CCTV taken
on the 8th May (being the day Louise is believed to have been killed
). Mays is seen
on 3 45pm on the footage wearing a pink polo top, walking through
Well Meadow and then cutting through
to Winterslow Drive and then onto Middle Park