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Shane Mays has today admitted to the manslaughter of a 16-year-old girl found dumped in woodland a mile from her home.
Tragic Louise Smith was discovered dead in Havant, Hants, on May 22 after she vanished on VE Day with Shane Mays still due to stand trial for murder.
He is 30 years old.
Louise Smith Murder
Louise vanished on VE Day, May 8, this year. Her body was found on May 21 at Havant Thicket.
The body of 16-year-old Louise Smith was found at Havant Thicket on 21 May. She was reported missing from the Leigh Park area on 8 May, which was VE Day.
Louise Smith Family
Her mother’s name is Rebecca Cooper.
Shane Mays Arrested
Shane Mays, of Somborne Drive, Havant, was charged with her murder and remanded in custody. A 29-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Shane Mays, of Somborne Drive, Havant, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court.
However, he denies murdering the teenager. His trial is due to begin on Tuesday.
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Mr Mays replied “guilty’ when the manslaughter charge was put to him in court.
Prosecutor James Newton-Price QC said: “The plea is not acceptable and there will need to be a trial.”
Tribute To Ms Smith
Louise’s mum Rebecca Cooper previously paid tribute to her daughter by posting a photograph of them together with the caption: “So proud of my girl Louise”.
Purple balloons were also left by the entrance to the woodlands and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth lit up in her favourite colour.
A family friend described Louise as “charming” and “always friendly”.
Jackie Meredith said: “She was a really lovely young girl and her family were lovely too.
“She was just your typical teenager, she was a bubbly and funny girl.
“You could chat to her easily, she was a charming young girl and was always friendly to people.”