Butcher who raped and murdered Libby Squire jailed for life as mother speaks of devastating pain

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·3 min read
Pawel Relowicz has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering and raping Libby Squire, left, as he mother spoke of her anguish. (PA/Humberside Police)
Pawel Relowicz has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering and raping Libby Squire, left, as he mother spoke of her anguish. (PA/Humberside Police)

A butcher who raped and murdered university student Libby Squire has been jailed for life as his victim's mother spoke of the pain she has suffered.

Pawel Relowicz came across the drunk and vulnerable 21-year-old as he prowled Hull on the night of 31 January 2019.

He took her to playing fields off Oak Road where he raped her and then either killed her in the park or put her body in the river to drown.

The 26-year-old married father-of-two from Poland had outwardly appeared like a devoted family man, but had committed a string of offences including outraging public decency, voyeurism and sexually-motivated burglaries.

He would try and watch women through windows and commit sex acts in view of them, as well as steal sex toys and underwear from homes to aid masturbation.

He was given a minimum term of 27 years at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

File court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Pawel Relowicz (2nd right) appearing at Sheffield Crown Court. Pawel Relowicz has been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of raping and murdering Hull University student Libby Squire. Issue date: Thursday February 11, 2021.
Rawel Relowicz was convicted on Thursday. (PA/Elizabeth Cook)

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Squire's mother Lisa said: “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.

"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."

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Libby Squire came into contact with Relowicz before her death, jurors have bee told. (PA/Humberside Police)
Libby Squire was found dead in 2019. (PA/Humberside Police)

Squire had been turned away from a nightclub for being too drunk, and her friends put her in a taxi to go home.

However, instead of going into her student home, she wandered until eventually encountering Relowicz.

He had tried to claim he had consensual sex with the Hull University philosophy student but a jury convicted him of her rape and murder.

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Lisa and Russell Squire, the parents of student Libby Squire, speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court, where Pawel Relowicz has been found guilty of raping and murdering the Hull University student. Picture date: Thursday February 11, 2021.
Lisa and Russell Squire, the parents of student Libby Squire, speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court. (PA)

Her body was discovered in the Humber Estuary nearly seven weeks after she went missing.

Sentencing, Justice Lambert said “from the moment you intercepted her… Liberty Squire did not stand a chance”.

She said: “There was a significant degree of planning that night as you patrolled the student area looking for a suitable victim.”

She described the location he picked for the rape as "a desolate playing field in the perishing cold".

And commenting on Relowicz's choice to put Squire's body in the river, she said: "I have no doubt your purpose was to conceal her body and you intended and hoped her body would be washed out to sea and never found."

Her body was discovered only by chance, the judge added.

Justice Lambert said when a previous judge who dealt with Relowicz's offending described him as carrying out a "perverted campaign of sexually deviant behaviour", it was the correct choice of words.

She said: “He also considered you to be potentially a very dangerous individual, again he was correct to do so.”

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