This is the moment an uncle left woodland where he had allegedly just bludgeoned his 16-year-old niece to death in a “sexually-motivated” murder.
Shane Mays, 30, was captured on CCTV leaving Havant Thicket where Louise Smith’s body was found shattered by a log and torched, it was said.
Winchester Crown Court heard how the teen vanished at around 12.49pm on May 8 after being “lured” to the woods by Mays.
He was seen on the footage at around 3.11pm making his way to his mum’s house as Louise’s body lay “terribly defiled” in the woods, jurors heard.
Once he got to Karen Rawlinson’s home, he sipped on Coke while complaining of stomach pains.
In a statement to police, Ms Rawlinson said: “I was at home when Shane walked into the address. The front door was unlocked.
“He told me he had the wrong clothes on for the weather and he had just walked Louise to Emsworth. I asked him why but he did not reply. He then had a glass of coke. He was leaning against the kitchen side.”
Jurors heard how Tia Rawlinson, Mays’ sister, saw her brother sitting on the sofa “looking quite sweaty” around two hours after Louise sent her last text.
From there, Mays returned home to his wife CJ – Louise’s aunt – where Louise had been staying.
Jurors heard previously how on May 8, Mays lured Louise to Havant Thicket after taking advantage of the girl’s “mental fragility”.
While there, he then allegedly smashed her skull in with a log and later returned to “destroy” her body in an act of “unimaginable cruelty”.
She was discovered two weeks later “severely decomposed” with her jaw bone completely detached and her body “burned and violated” with “breathtaking brutality”.
The court was told Mays, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, accepts attacking the teen after a row.
Andrew Langdon QC, said: “By his plea of manslaughter, Shane Mays accepts that on May 8, having walked with Louise he attacked her.
“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 previously heard how “easily-led” Louise had been staying with her aunt and Mays in the two weeks leading up to her death after rowing with her mum.
At first the trio “got on” and Louise wrote in texts to CJ how she wanted to call the pair “mum and dad” and spoke of their “perfect family”.
But jurors were told the relationship soured and Louise told a friend Mays was “flirting with her”.
A Snapchat video was also shown to jurors of Mays “tickling” Louise’s feet.
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.
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.