Libby Squire: Pawel Relowicz guilty of student’s murderFebruary 12, 2021
A serial sex offender has been found guilty of raping and murdering a student before dumping her body in a river.
Pawel Relowicz, 26, prowled the streets of Hull before attacking “vulnerable” 21-year-old Libby Squire.
Jurors heard Relowicz had committed a string of offences against women prior to the killing.
Speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court, Libby’s mother paid tribute to her “beautiful, caring, wonderful girl”.
During the trial, prosecutor Richard Wright QC said Relowicz had spent the night of 31 January 2019 driving around looking for a woman to attack.
Jurors heard University of Hull philosophy student Ms Squire, who had been turned away from a nightclub, was drunk and “extremely vulnerable” when Relowicz “intercepted” her .
He drove her to Oak Road playing fields, where he attacked her before putting her in the River Hull.
Prosecutors said the married father-of-two had repeatedly lied to police, his wife and in court documents about what happened on the night of Ms Squire’s disappearance.
He maintained he had consensual sex with the student and said he had lied because he did not want his wife to find out he had cheated on her.
After a massive search effort, Ms Squire’s remains were found in the Humber Estuary almost two months later.
Her parents, Lisa and Russ, held hands and cried as they sat in the public gallery overlooking the courtroom to await the verdicts.
Speaking outside court, Mrs Squire thanked supporters but said Relowicz’s conviction “changes nothing for us, there is no closure”.
“We don’t get to have Libby back and our lives don’t revert back to normal,” she said.
“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.”