LIBBY Squire’s “haunted” mum today revealed she “longs to die to be with her” as the student’s murderer was caged for life.
Libby Squire, 21, was “extremely vulnerable” when she was “intercepted” by Pawel Relowicz, 26, who was prowling the streets hunting for a victim.
Libby Squire was discovered dead in the Humber estuary six weeks after vanishingCredit: PA:Press Association
Pawel Relowicz was today jailed for lifeCredit: PA:Press Association
After forcing Libby in his car, the dad-of-two drove her to a “desolate playing field in the perishing cold” where he raped her.
As her “frantic” screams rang out it into the cold night air, Relowicz dumped her “dead or dying” in the river Hull.
She was discovered six weeks later on March 20, 2019, in the Humber estuary by a fishing boat – a gold necklace bearing the letter ‘L’ still hanging around her neck.
Libby’s mum Lisa today revealed her “torture” at her daughter’s death and told how she “silently screams in pain” as Relowicz was caged for life with a minimum of 27 years for rape and murder.
He was also handed an 18-year sentence for rape to run concurrently.
As he was sentenced, the predator stood and stared at Libby’s family for over a minute before being led to the cells.
Sentencing, Mrs Justice Lambert said “from the moment you intercepted her… Liberty Squire did not stand a chance”.
She added: “She was very cold, she was very upset and was crying that she wanted her mother.
“She had no way of protecting herself from you.”
The judge said she believed Relowicz dumped Libby in the water to “conceal her body” and he hoped she would be “washed out to sea and never found”.
Lisa Squire said she longed to die to be with her daughter
She also praised Libby’s family, who earlier paid tribute to Libby in powerful victim impact statements.
Mum Lisa earlier, who affectionately called Libby Pie, said: “There are no words that can explain the torture of living without my Libby. She was a sister, a grandaughter, niece and cousin.
“I have not only lost my daughter but the opportunity to be a grandmother to her children. In any times of trouble she wanted me, her mum. Knowing I was not there when she needed me will haunt me for the rest of my life.
“I now live in two worlds where I live as a mother, wife, friend and employee but there is also a world that will run parallel and is a dark and lonely world.
“In this world I long to die so I can be with my girl. I wake up with disappointment that I will live another day.
Imagine wanting to live to be here with your children but one where you long to die so I can be with my child
Libby’s mum Lisa
“This is a world where I silently scream in pain and pray that one day we will be reunited in a dream, a world where we constantly look for signs in every rainbow.
“A world I didn’t want to be in. Imagine wanting to live to be here with your children but one where you long to die so I can be with my child.”
Lisa touchingly revealed how Libby would tell her she loved her “all the time” and revealed her pride at her “beautiful, caring and wonderful girl”.
The nurse continued: “My memories of her are always in my thoughts and I will never allow our bond to be broken.”
Libby’s family pay tribute
Libby’s little sister Beth said: “Having to grow up around something so traumatic is not something a child should do.
“Such is the shifting of roles, losing a shared future of siblings. I suppose people have varying degrees of closeness with their siblings but Libby and I grew up to be friends.
“When I was little I idolised her and she provided me with unique advice. I now face a scary and unknown world without her support as the eldest sibling.
“I’m now the eldest and although that has been forced upon me, I hope I can follow her footsteps. We will miss her terribly.”
Speaking outside court yesterday, Libby’s mum Lisa was supported by husband Russ as she read a devastating statement.
The nurse said: “As a family, today’s verdict changes nothing for us.
“There is no closure. We don’t get to have Libby back.
“Our lives don’t revert back to normal.
“However, we are pleased that all the hard work and dedication of the police and legal teams has been recognised.
“Libby will always be with us and we are all so proud of our beautiful, caring, wonderful girl.
“And, although she has been physically taken from us, the memories we have and the love we share will never be taken.”
Libby’s parents outside court yesterday
Libby’s dad Russ added: “As a father what can I say? I’ve lost my little girl and I’m heartbroken.
“I struggle to look at her pictures and can no longer watch her video clips, unable to recall her memories because of the pain it brings.”
Relowicz forced Libby’s parents to listen to his callous web of lies during a lengthy trial – including claiming he had consensual sex with Libby.
But jurors saw through his deception and yesterday convicted him of rape and murder at Sheffield Crown Court after 27 hours and 55 minutes of deliberation.
It came just over two years after philosophy and religion student Libby vanished in Hull on February 1, 2019.
CCTV allegedly shows Libby Squire getting in Pawel Relowicz’s carCredit: Humberside Police
Jurors were told he can be seen ‘stalking’ the student before he ‘intercepted’ herCredit: Humberside Police
During the trial, the court was told Relowicz was a convicted pervert who was described as a “disgusting” Peeping Tom who “violated intimate moments” by his own lawyer.
The fiend previously pleaded guilty to nine sexually motivated offences including voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary.
He had exposed himself to women and performed sex acts on himself in the street in the year leading up to Libby’s death.
Relowicz also watched them through their windows as they changed or had sex and swiped underwear and sex toys from women’s homes as “trophies”.
His last offence occurred just days before Libby went missing in 2019.
Sickeningly, the married dad-of-two admitted he had a “fetish” and was looking for “easy sex” on the night Libby vanished.
In a “malignant twist of fate”, it was then he saw Libby – “intercepting” her as she walked the freezing streets of Hull moments from her home.
The student had been drinking with friends and appeared “in good spirits” before the group headed to the nightclub in the city centre at around 11pm.
CCTV showed Libby stumbling with her pals as they walked through the snow to the club.
Once there, security staff on the door refused to let her in because she appeared to be drunk so she told her friends she would walk home instead.
But her pals put her in a taxi, which dropped Libby off close to her home, but tragically she “walked away from the safety of her front door”.
Toxicology tests later revealed she was two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when she died.
She was later seen by passers-by “obviously drunk” and “sobbing” – including two men who spotted the student lying in the snow at the side of the road.
Libby is seen on CCTV walking to the nightclub
The bystanders tried to help her but were unable to understand what she was saying and she became verbally aggressive so they drove away.
A group of students who heard Libby crying outside their house let her in but she left, saying she wanted to go home.
She was likely hypothermic, “extremely vulnerable” and wasn’t dressed for the weather as she stumbled through the snow-covered streets.
At this point, Relowicz was lurking in the shadows watching the student’s final movements as he prepared to pounce.
He bundled Libby into his silver Vauxhall Astra and drove her to the secluded playing field where frantic screams were later heard.
Relowicz can be seen waiting in his car after ‘identifying’ Libby as a ‘target’Credit: Humberside Police
There is then some ‘toing and froing’ between the pairCredit: Humberside Police
A figure can then be seen getting into his carCredit: Humberside Police
Relowicz then left the playing field around seven-and-a-half minutes later without Libby.
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC said this was “more than enough time” for him to have “taken or pursued Libby out into the playing fields, sexually attacked and killed her, put her body into the river, and then run back to his car.”
He said Relowicz’s “sole purpose” was to “silence her screams” after he raped Libby.
The prosecutor added: “Her screams, and the scratches that she clearly managed to land on the face of the defendant as she fought him off, are just part of the evidence that establishes that she was raped by a man whose entire motivation for coming into contact with her that night was to take her away from safety to a remote area well known to him and there to subject her to his uncontrollable sexual urges.
“His very purpose in prowling the streets was in order to commit opportunistic sexual offences and the rape of Libby was just such an offence.”
Relowicz later returned to the playing fields in the early hours of the morning.
Relowicz was lurking in the shadows watching the student’s final movements as he prepared to pounceCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures
A group of students who heard Libby crying outside their house let her in but she left, saying she wanted to go homeCredit: PA:Press Association
Police search for the student after she vanished in 2019
CCTV footage captured him standing with his knees bent performing a sex act on himself in the street.
He had also visited a porn site twice in the hours after Libby died and had been “in a state of heightened sexual arousal that night”.
Two days later, on February 3, a used condom containing DNA matching Relowicz was discovered in the area.
A huge search was mounted after Libby disappeared with cops searching ponds, bins and gardens in a desperate bid to find the student.
Her mum Lisa Squire told the court how she knew something was “seriously wrong” when her daughter first vanished.
Tragically, she had only dropped Libby back at Hull University just days before her brutal death.
‘ALLOWED TO TARGET VULNERABLE WOMEN’
A woman who was watched by Pawel Relowicz as she had sex said the meat processing worker “was allowed to just carry on targeting vulnerable women to the point where his actions had tragic and deadly consequences”.
The complainant in one of the four voyeurism charges Relowicz admitted after he was arrested on suspicion of abducting Libby Squire told Channel 4 News these type of offences should always be taken seriously.
She told the programme: “These things shouldn’t be taken lightly because it may just be somebody who isn’t really a threat.
“On the other hand, it might be somebody who’s going to go on to do more similar offences as we’ve seen very sadly, tragically, in this case, something far, far worse.”
The woman said: “We did get to move on with our lives and that’s not something she and her family get to do because of this evil man who was allowed to just carry on targeting vulnerable women to the point where his actions had tragic and deadly consequences.”
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Relowicz committed a series of bizarre sex offences in the months before killing Ms Squire including exposing himself in public, masturbating in front of women and watching them through their windows as they changed or had sex.
He pleaded guilty to nine charges, including voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary, and was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail, later reduced to five years and eight months on appeal.
The woman told Channel 4 News: “He didn’t particularly care when I saw him.
“He made eye contact.
“It was one of those moments when it sort of takes a little while to comprehend what was actually happening.”
She said: “I hope that the attitude towards these things does shift, people realise that they deserve to report things, to have them investigated, to not be embarrassed, to feel supported by the authorities and the people around them.”
The nurse, from High Wycombe, Bucks, said: “I knew something wasn’t right and told her friend to call the taxi company, they had been to her favourite taxi companies and they had contacted the police.
“We made the decision not to panic and go straight to Hull as she could have gone to another friend’s house.
“I knew she had a lecture that day and would never miss a lecture so if she didn’t go to that something would be seriously wrong.
“We travelled to Hull and knew something serious had happened. It was not in her character and she was not answering her texts or calls.
“She was planning her future and was in the best place in her life she had ever been.”
Relowicz will be sentenced tomorrowCredit: supplied by Pixel8000
As the frantic search gathered speed, Relowicz was arrested on suspicion of abduction in a huge breakthrough for the case.
But instead of helping police solve the riddle, the butcher instead created an intricate story to throw officers off the scent.
Painting himself as a caring hero, he claimed he “just wanted to help” when he saw crying Libby on the pavement.
He branded her a “very beautiful woman” but denied having any sexual feelings towards her.
Relowicz was caged for terrifying sex offences
Relowicz said: “I asked her if everything was OK with her, she said yes and she asked me to hug her.
“We were hugging each other and we started kissing.”
He told jurors the pair had sex but Libby “scratched” his face when he didn’t want to kiss her after so he drove away as she screamed at him not to leave her.
Relowicz said he then returned home where he had a bath and washed his clothes to stop his wife discovering he had sex with someone else.
After watching “non-violent” porn, he told the court he returned to the playing field as he was “worried” about Libby but couldn’t see her.
The dad even said violent sexual intercourse, rape, rough sexual intercourse and the idea of causing pain in sex did not excite him sexually in a bizarre defence.
After he was arrested, police found a pink holdall containing “trophies… taken in a series of sexually motivated burglaries”.
This included sex toys, photographs of young women and several pairs of women’s knickers and thongs.
When quizzed by police, Relowicz said he “forgot” about them and they did not belong to him or his wife.
He also had two “Halloween” masks in the boot of his car – one described as a “Scream” mask and the other which had red hair.
But it wasn’t until a month later that Libby’s decomposed body washed up in the Humber Estuary.
A post mortem could not establish a cause of death but DNA matching Relowicz was found on her.
Her bruised body also had “neck marks” and small haemorrhages around her mouth, which could be evidence of asphyxia.
Relowicz was finally charged with Libby’s rape and murder in October 2019 – two months after being jailed for eight years for his vile sex offences.
It can now be reported for the first time his sentence was reduced to five years and eight months at the Court of Appeal in March last year.
Had he been found not guilty of Libby’s murder, Relowicz would have been back on the streets as early as Christmas.
In a statement after the verdicts, Gerry Wareham, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Relowicz robbed a young and vibrant woman of her life and her future. His actions have left her family and friends devastated.
“Relowicz invented a web of lies to explain his actions that night, insisting throughout that he had tried to help Libby find her way home.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Far from being a good Samaritan, Relowicz preyed upon her, he took advantage of her vulnerable and distressed state and then he raped and murdered her.”
She was described as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and had been drinkingCredit: PA:Press Association
Libby is finally laid to rest eight months after she vanished