The prosecution has now completed the opening of the case, and are at the stage of presenting evidence to the jury.
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.
This 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.
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, they are just vile.”
The pathology report claims Louise would have died on either Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9.
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 trainer.
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.
Andrew Langdon 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 intent to kill her.
Louise’s boyfriend said she was always on her phone so it was strange that her phone was suddenly off especially as he was supposed to be meeting with her. It didn’t fit together in my head.
Mr Langdon for the defence asked Louise’s boyfriend; “Louise was worried you were going to leave her” – Louise’s boyfriend confirmed this.
CCTV footage shows May’s with Louise walking on Somborne Drive just before they entered the Premier Stores shortly before 8pm on May 7.
Louise is wearing a jacket and black trousers.
The pair queue up together before Louise leaves the store 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 of them meeting up and walk back also carrying bags on Somborne Drive after 8pm.
Louise’s friend said she was desperate to tell her something, She has said ‘I felt she couldn’t tell me”. Louise had wanted to move out of the flat with mays and her auntie, She said “Louise asked to stay with me and I asked my mum but she said “no” because of lockdown, I felt she was desperate to see me in person.
CCTV was played to the court from the 8th May, showing May’s movements and at 15.45 walking through Well Meadow before cutting through onto Winterslow Drive and Middle Park Way. CCTV was played from later the same day at 21.35 showing mays walking with a Pink polo shirt with a jacket over his shoulder.
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”.
Louise’s family and friends continue to ask for justice.
The trial is set to resume shortly. Again we warn that the nature 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.