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Killer’s sentence in Louise Smith murder to be reviewed for being ‘too low’

A prison sentence given to the uncle of a teenager for her “brutal” murder will be reviewed by the Court of Appeal after being referred by the Solicitor General for being “too low”.

Shane Mays, 30, from Havant, Hampshire, was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 25 years for murdering Louise Smith on May 8 – VE Day.

He was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court in December.

The 16-year-old, who was training to be a veterinary nurse, was “brutally” killed in Havant Thicket and her body defiled and burned.

The court heard Mays has an IQ of 63 and subjected Louise to “extreme violence and excruciating, overwhelming pain” in a sexually motivated attack.

The Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that the Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC has referred the case.

A spokesman said: “The Solicitor General was shocked by this horrific attack and wishes to express his deepest sympathies to the victim’s family.

“The Solicitor has referred the sentence of Shane Mays to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence (ULS scheme) as he considers it to be too low.”

Mays and his wife CJ – the teenager’s aunt – had only started caring for Louise two weeks before she died – and Mays admitted he knew the teen wanted to start calling him “dad”.

Mays, described in court as “predatory”, lured 5ft tall Louise to a secluded spot in Havant Thicket where he repeatedly punched her in the face causing her fatal injuries.

He then defiled her with a stick before burning the body which was found 13 days later following a major police search.

In a victim impact statement read to court, Louise’s mother, Rebecca Cooper said: “You killed my daughter Louise in such a traumatic way but then to do what you did afterwards is beyond words.

“You are a monster.

“What gave you the right to do that?

“You damaged her so bad that I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, hold her hand or even kiss her.

“I will never forgive you for this.”

She added: “You came to my house the day you killed her, looked me in the eyes with no remorse when you knew what you had done was pure evil.

“You have made us relive what you did to Louise.”

She described her daughter as “happy and smiley” who “had the world to look for