Father-of-two found guilty of rape and murder of Hull University student Libby Squire
A butcher has been found guilty of raping and murdering Hull University student Libby Squire.
Pawel Relowicz, 26, raped the 21-year-old on a playing field in Hull before dumping her in the River Hull, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court has heard.
Ms Squire went missing after a night out on February 1 2019, and her body was found almost seven weeks later in the Humber Estuary.
Father-of-two Relowicz, who was found to have committed a series of strange and frightening sex offences after he was arrested, picked up the second year philosophy student as she wandered around the Beverley Road area of Hull in a confused, upset and drunken state in freezing conditions.
He was found guilty on Thursday after the jury of five men and seven women heard a mass of circumstantial evidence linking Relowicz to Ms Squire’s disappearance, despite pathologists being unable to determine how she died.
During three weeks of evidence, the court how the Hull University philosophy student had been out with friends, but was so drunk she was refused entry to a club.
Her friends paid a taxi driver to take her home but, instead of going into her shared student house, Ms Squire wandered in a drunken state – falling over in the snow and refusing offers of help from passers-by, until she encountered Relowicz.
Relowicz told the jury he did not kill Ms Squire and said he had consensual sex with her on Oak Road.
The defendant has admitted a series of what his barrister called “utterly disgusting” sexual offences in the months before that night, and he admitted he watched porn and masturbated in the street in the hours after he said he had sex with the student.
Oliver Saxby QC, defending, said there was no evidence that Relowicz had killed her.
Giving evidence through an interpreter, Polish-born Relowicz, of Raglan Street, told the court he was driving around Hull on the evening of Ms Squire’s disappearance because he was “looking for a woman to have easy sex”.
The defendant – who has convictions for outraging public decency, voyeurism and sexually motivated burglaries – said he parked on Haworth Street with the intention of looking through windows and masturbating.
He told the court he left Ms Squire on Oak Road to walk home and she was alive.
A pathologist told the court he could not determine the cause of Ms Squire’s death due to the amount of time she had been in the water.
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