Man, 30, admits manslaughter of Louise Smith, 16, found dead in woods after going missing but denies murder

A MARRIED man 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.

Mays, 30, today pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court.

But he will go on trial from tomorrow charged with murder – with jurors to be told his guilty plea.

Louise is understood to have been staying with Mays and his wife CJ – the student's cousin – after she fell out with her mum.

Cjay, 29, was arrested in connection with the teenager's death but released without charge.

A huge search was launched for Louise after she disappeared on May 8 this year.

Her body was discovered in woodland two weeks later around a mile from Mays' home.


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.”

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