Libby Squire was ‘in the best place in her life she had ever been’ when she was raped and murdered by Pawel Relowicz

Libby Squire was ‘in the best place in her life she had ever been’ when she was raped and murdered by Pawel Relowicz.

The gifted student had been through difficulties with her mental health during her A Levels but after a year out spent travelling she threw herself into her studies at Hull University, where she’d received an unconditional offer.

She had good friends and enjoyed to go out and party, but was still in touch with her mother Lisa Squire by phone or text every day.

The silence that followed her planned night out on January 31, 2019, triggered a mother’s instinct that something terrible had befallen the eldest child she affectionately knew as ‘Pie.’

Butcher Relowicz, 26 – who had an ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ – was today found guilty of murdering and raping the student.

Libby Squire (pictured) was 'in the best place in her life she had ever been' when she was raped and murdered by Pawel Relowicz

Libby Squire (pictured) was 'in the best place in her life she had ever been' when she was raped and murdered by Pawel Relowicz

The gifted student (pictured) had been through difficulties with her mental health during her A Levels but after a year out spent travelling she threw herself into her studies at Hull University, where she'd received an unconditional offer

The gifted student (pictured) had been through difficulties with her mental health during her A Levels but after a year out spent travelling she threw herself into her studies at Hull University, where she'd received an unconditional offer

Libby Squire (pictured) was ‘in the best place in her life she had ever been’ when she was raped and murdered by Pawel Relowicz

Mrs Squire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, shared memories of her daughter in a heart-breaking statement to the court.

She said: ‘I love all of my children dearly but there is no denying we shared a special bond. 

‘We were that in sync with each other I would describe us as being as one.

‘She was very close with all of her siblings but had a very special bond with her brother Joe.

‘At school she made a good set of friends who she stayed in contact with until her death.

She always worked hard and was always very organised with homework.

Butcher Relowicz, 26 (pictured) – who had an ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ – was today found guilty of murdering and raping the student

The silence that followed her planned night out on January 31, 2019, triggered a mother's instinct that something terrible had befallen the eldest child she affectionately knew as 'Pie.' Pictured: Libby's mother Lisa (left) and father Russell (right)

The silence that followed her planned night out on January 31, 2019, triggered a mother's instinct that something terrible had befallen the eldest child she affectionately knew as 'Pie.' Pictured: Libby's mother Lisa (left) and father Russell (right)

The silence that followed her planned night out on January 31, 2019, triggered a mother’s instinct that something terrible had befallen the eldest child she affectionately knew as ‘Pie.’ Pictured: Libby’s mother Lisa (left) and father Russell (right)

‘In 2014, Libby did her GCSE’s and got five A* grades, 2 A’s and a C.

She decided to go to college to complete her A-levels where she attended between 2014 and 2016.

‘Due to her mental health she did not do well in her A-level exams and got two D grades and one U. 

‘She decided she wanted to go to university and decided she wanted to go to Hull as she liked the city and what the University had to offer.’

After her year out Libby felt she was ready to resume her studies, hoping one day to become a journalist.

Mrs Squire added: ‘I was reluctant about her going away to university but she was adamant.

She took a gap year before and travelled, going to Paris.

‘She said she always wanted to go back and return. During this year she worked hard on her mental health and was in a really good place when she went to University.’

Then 19, Libby worked hard and played hard in her first year at Hull.

‘She enjoyed nights out and drinking but was very much against drugs,’ Lisa continued.

Prosecutor Mr Wright asked the jury to consider whether a young woman who had been crying, shivering uncontrollably and begging to go home to her mother would say: 'I'll lie here on this scrap of grass and I'll have unprotected sex with you here and now'

Prosecutor Mr Wright asked the jury to consider whether a young woman who had been crying, shivering uncontrollably and begging to go home to her mother would say: 'I'll lie here on this scrap of grass and I'll have unprotected sex with you here and now'

Libby (pictured) had good friends and enjoyed to go out and party, but was still in touch with her mother Lisa Squire by phone or text every day 

‘I have regularly collected her from parties and had to carry her into the house. 

‘She had previously damaged and lost mobile telephones so she got into the habit of not taking it out with her if she knew she was going out drinking as she didn’t want to lose or damage it.

‘For Libby to have a mobile it would be just to contact me or her friends.

She was not obsessed with it like her friends and was not into social media. 

‘She only used these sites to contact friends and was a very private person.

‘Libby liked things in order and took pride in everything, including her handwriting.
She never took having anything for granted.

‘She was always funny and had a wicked sense of humour. She was always very creative and chatty and had an ability to put people at ease, she made people feel included.’

Libby had struggled with her mental health through her teenage years but had begun to overcome her troubles before she moved to Hull.

Mrs Squire said: ‘As a child aged around 11 she suffered with glandular fever.

It had an effect on her and she wasn’t herself after. 

‘During her teenage years she suffered with mental health issues.

‘She was always considerate of other people’s feelings. When her friend was 13 her friend suffered with an eating disorder and Libby wanted to support her friend and she began to suffer with one.

‘When she suffered with her mental health she became depressed and a symptom was self-harm, which she began when she was 14. 

After her year out Libby (pictured) felt she was ready to resume her studies, hoping one day to become a journalist 

‘It was during this time our bond became stronger.

She was always honest with me regarding her self-harm. 

‘I helped her dress her wounds and made sure she had antiseptic wipes and plasters.

‘During this period I always worried about her and feared I would find her dead in her bedroom.

‘I never thought I would have her for the rest of our lives.

With support she was able to move forward.’

When Libby’s body was found in the North Sea, Mrs Squire knew it couldn’t have been an accident because her daughter had a life-long fear of water.

She said: ‘She always had a fear of water from a young age and she wasn’t a good swimmer.

‘When on family holidays as a child she would not go in a swimming pool or near the sea. 

‘It was only on one of our last family holidays that she stood in the swimming pool at the edge.

‘I know she would never voluntarily put herself in water – especially moving water.

‘She was always scared community bank of oak park the dark and would never take a shortcut home or walk down a street with little light.’

When she failed to hear from Libby on January 31, Mrs Squire began to fear that ‘something would be seriously wrong’.

‘I took Libby back to Hull on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

She was looking forward to being back and seeing her friends,’ her statement continued.

‘I spoke to her every day by call or text but didn’t have contact with her on January 31 as I had been on a night shift.

‘She had sent her a photo of herself that afternoon. I knew she was going out that evening to the Welly.

I was working another night shift.

‘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.’

 

Married Polish butcher, 26, is found guilty of raping and murdering drunk 21-year-old student Libby Squire after prowling the streets looking for victims 

By Dan Sales and Izzy Nikolic For Mailonline 

A butcher with an ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ who prowled the streets looking for victims was today found guilty of murdering and raping student Libby Squire.

Pawel Relowicz, 26, tried to spin a web of lies about his involvement in killing the 21-year-old but a Sheffield Crown Court jury unravelled his callous deception.

Married father-of-two Relowicz picked her up just off Hull’s Beverley Road after spotting she was drunk and vulnerable at around midnight on January 31, 2019.

The Hull University philosophy student had been out with friends but had been refused entry to a club. 

After finding her Relowicz drove her to the nearby Oak Road playing fields, where he raped her before callously dumping her ‘dead or dying’ in the River Hull.

Her body was found by a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks after she was reported missing on February 1, 2019.

Relowicz showed no emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdicts.

He will be sentenced at the same court tomorrow.

Miss Squire’s parents, Lisa and Russ, held hands and cried as they sat in the public gallery overlooking the courtroom waiting for the announcement.

Pawel Relowicz, 25, has been found guilty of murdering 21-year-old student Libby Squire

Pawel Relowicz, 25, has been found guilty of murdering 21-year-old student Libby Squire

Pawel Relowicz, 25, has been found guilty of murdering 21-year-old student Libby Squire  

In a statement outside court, Gerry Wareham, of the CPS, 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.

‘I cannot begin to imagine the suffering Libby’s family are enduring. I can only hope that today’s verdict can bring them some measure of comfort.

Our thoughts remain with them.’

The court heard how Miss Squire’s friends had paid a taxi driver to take her home that night but, instead of going into her shared student house, she wandered in a drunken state.

She had fallen over in the snow and refused offers of help from passers-by until she encountered Relowicz. 

He left the village of Warszewice, northern Poland, (population 616) with his wife (pictured together), now 26, and found work at pork producer Karro Foods' plant in Malton, North Yorkshire

He left the village of Warszewice, northern Poland, (population 616) with his wife (pictured together), now 26, and found work at pork producer Karro Foods' plant in Malton, North Yorkshire

He left the village of Warszewice, northern Poland, (population 616) with his wife (pictured together), now 26, and found work at pork producer Karro Foods’ plant in Malton, North Yorkshire 

CCTV footage shows Libby Squire on her way to the Welly Nightclub, which she was later turned away from

CCTV footage shows Libby Squire on her way to the Welly Nightclub, which she was later turned away from

CCTV footage shows Libby Squire on her way to the Welly Nightclub, which she was later turned away from

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