Man admits manslaughter of Louise Smith, 16, found dead in woodland

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A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who was found dead in woodland after disappearing in May.

Shane Mays, 30, of Havant, Hampshire, is charged with the murder of the teenager, which he denies, and entered his plea on the first day of his trial at Winchester Crown Court on Monday, November 16.

Louise Smith was last seen at a skatepark around three miles from her home in nearby Emsworth on May 8, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she had told friends she would be back later but didn't return.

Prosecutor James Newton-Price QC said: "The plea is not acceptable and there will need to be a trial."

Ms Smith was last seen alive in Somborne Drive in the Leigh Park area of Havant, Hampshire, at midday on May 8.

Her body was found in nearby woodland at Havant Thicket on May 21.

A jury is being selected for the trial and the prosecution is expected to open its case on Tuesday, November 17.

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