Trial date set for Shane Mays who is accused of murdering Havant teenager Louise Smith
A trial date has been set for a man charged with the murder of 16-year-old Louise Smith, who was found dead in woodland.
The teenager 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.
Shane Mays, 30, of Havant, has pleaded not guilty to murder and a trial date has been confirmed at Winchester Crown Court for November 16, with a further pre-trial hearing to be held on October 14.
Judge Keith Cutler remanded him in custody until the next hearing.
Louise’s family said in a statement released through Hampshire police: ‘Louise was a typical 16-year-old girl who enjoyed spending time with her friends.
‘She loved animals and being outdoors.
‘She will be remembered as a smiley, generous person who loved her family and was loved by all.’
They added: ‘Louise had beautiful blue eyes, a cheeky smile and was known for her kindness to others.
‘She loved animals and had a sarcastic sense of humour.’
Hundreds of bikers turned out for Louise’s funeral, with purple ribbons lining the procession route.
In July police said that a 29-year-old woman, who was previously arrested on suspicion of murder and assisting an offender, will face no further action.