LOUISE Smith’s alleged killer told police he would “lock her away” if he found her as they searched for the murdered teen, a court heard today.
Her uncle Shane Mays made the “bizarre comments” as officers tried to locate the missing 16-year-old.
Shane Mays is accused of killing the teenager in May[/caption]
Louise Smith disappeared before her body was found less than two miles from where she was living[/caption]
A jury was told earlier how Louise vanished in Havant, Hants, at 12.49pm on May 8, having been “lured” one and a half miles away by Mays.
The aspiring veterinary nurse had been living with her aunt and uncle before disappearing, and was later found brutally murdered.
Winchester Crown Court heard today from Hampshire Police Detective Constable Pete Bambury, who went to May’s flat four days after Louise vanished.
He said: “[Shane] said virtually nothing. Absolutely nothing.
“He said he had a good relationship [with Louise] but he knew she contacted boys a lot on social media.
“He said he really wanted to find her and if he found her he would lock her into the address until police arrived.
“I found it really strange. It was a bizarre comment and I said you shouldn’t be doing that. The first thing you should be doing is calling the police.”
Louise – who only started living with Mays and his wife CJ two weeks before – was found with her skull smashed, her body “terribly” defiled, and was burned in what has been described as a “cruel and brutal” murder.
Mays has been branded a “predator” by prosecutor James Newton-Price QC who said he took advantage of Louise’s “mental fragility” before killing her.
The court heard that his wife – full name Chazlynn Jayne Mays – said her husband “never knew how to talk” to the teenager who suffered with depression and anxiety.
The jury was played a phone call made to police by CJ, in which she said she was getting “really worried” about “extremely vulnerable” Louise.
The call was made at 6:32pm – six and a half hours after Louise left the flat on the day she went missing.
In a recording of the 101 call played to court, CJ said: “Today she said she was going to meet her friend to get some clothes and she hasn’t returned and now she has turned her phone off…
“She was telling a fib because I messaged a friend and she hadn’t spoke to her.
“She has mental health issues. Depression, anxiety…”
He repeatedly punched her and he accepts that his attack on her caused or contributed to her subsequent death
Andrew Langdon QC
The court was earlier told Mays, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, accepts attacking the teen after a row.
Andrew Langdon QC, said: “His case is that he did so because of an argument which resulted in him losing control of his temper.
“He repeatedly punched her and he accepts that his attack on her caused or contributed to her subsequent death.
“He didn’t intend to kill her or to cause really serious injury. He did not set fire to her.”
Jurors were told the relationship between the three had soured and Louise told a friend Mays was “flirting with her”.
After her body was found, Mays was charged with murder and his wife was freed on bail, it was said.
He originally told police he had walked with Louise to a skatepark in Emsworth, but later changed his version by admitting to causing her death at Havant Thicket, it was said.
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Mays has an intermediary with him in the dock to help him understand proceedings as he “suffers from learning disabilities”.
He denies one charge of murder but admits manslaughter.
The trial continues.
Mays caught on CCTV buying pizza after he is alleged to have killed Louise[/caption]
Louise had moved in with the Mays just weeks before she was killed[/caption]