Shane Mays, from Havant, Hampshire, smirked as he sat within the dock to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court docket on Wednesday after being discovered responsible of the homicide of the 16-year-old on VE Day.
The defendant, described by prosecutors as “predatory”, lured the 16-year-old to the secluded spot in Havant Thicket the place he repeatedly punched her within the face, inflicting her deadly accidents.
He then defiled her with a stick earlier than burning her physique, which was discovered 13 days later following a serious police search.
The “weak” scholar had moved in with the defendant and his spouse Chazlynn Jayne (CJ) Mays – the sufferer’s aunt – on the finish of April after she had “quarrelled” along with her mom, the court docket was informed.
However arguments broke out between the trio and Louise complained to her boyfriend, Bradley Kercher, that Mays would “flirt” along with her and pin her down, and the jury was proven a Snapchat video of him tickling her ft.
James Newton-Worth QC, prosecuting, informed the trial: “Louise was simply 16, she was anxious, needy, fragile and weak, weak to the attentions of a predatory man who was apparently flirting along with her and dwelling in the identical small flat.”
He recommended Mays had persuaded Louise to stroll with him to the woodland by providing her hashish with the purpose of sexually assaulting her.
The choose, Mrs Justice Might, stated: “Shane Mays was ready of belief in relation to Louise; theirs was like a father-daughter relationship.
“That being, he dedicated probably the most gross abuse of belief. I’m not persuaded his studying incapacity tempered this in any means as Shane Mays plainly recognised Louise was younger, had psychological well being difficulties and was in his and CJ’s care.
“The sudden loss of life of any individual is tragic however the loss of life of a weak little one is especially grievous.”
In a sufferer impression assertion learn to court docket, Louise’s mom Rebbecca Cooper stated: “You killed my daughter Louise in such a traumatic means however then to do what you probably did afterwards is past phrases. You’re a monster. What gave you the fitting to do this?
“You broken her so dangerous that I did not have an opportunity to say goodbye, maintain her hand and even kiss her. I’ll by no means forgive you for this.
“You got here to my home the day you killed her, regarded me within the eyes with no regret if you knew what you had completed was pure evil. You will have made us relive what you probably did to Louise.”
She described her daughter, who needed to be a veterinary nurse, as “blissful and smiley” who “had the world to sit up for”.
Louise’s father Bradley Smith stated he was “tortured by nightmares”, and added: “Louise was a fantastic daughter and I’ve been robbed of what was to be my time along with her.”
Mays, who admitted manslaughter, informed the court docket he punched Louise “many” instances to the face and had heard her bones “crack” after shedding his mood.
He stated: “I simply carried on, I misplaced management of myself. She made a moaning noise, that is once I stopped.”
Louise’s blood was discovered on Mays’s coach and a billion-to-one DNA match to him was discovered on the stick.
The court docket heard a scientific assessment of the defendant discovered he had an “extraordinarily low” IQ of 63, placing him within the backside one percentile of individuals.
Mays informed the court docket he had not labored for 5 years and spent 9 hours a day taking part in video video games.
Andrew Langdon QC, representing Mays, stated the defendant had been assessed as having studying difficulties and a character dysfunction.