Butcher who raped and murdered student, 21, handed 27-year life sentence

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Libby Squire's killer has been sentenced to life imprisonment and will spend at least 27 years in prison for the 21-year-old student's rape and murder.

The 21-year-old student originally went missing on a night out in Hull on February 1, 2019.

Her body was found almost seven weeks later in the Humber Estuary.

Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz, 26, picked Libby up as she wandered around the Beverley Road area of Hull in a confused, upset and drunken state in freezing conditions.

He had been “cruising around the student area in his car” looking for a victim, Sheffield Crown Court earlier heard.

Relowicz raped his victim on a playing field in Hull before dumping her in the River Hull.

Speaking before passing sentence, Justice Lambert said: “You remained in the shadow of the treeline until you were sure she [Libby] was alone. From the moment you intercepted her, Liberty Squire did not stand a chance."

On Thursday, February 12, he was found guilty of rape unanimously by a jury of five men and seven women and guilty of murder on a majority of 11 to one.

Speaking after the verdict, Ms Squire's mother, Lisa Squire 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."

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She added: "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."

Relowicz was a prolific sex offender and after he was arrested following Libby's disappearance, Humberside Police realised he was the predator guilty of at least nine sexual crimes against female students over the previous 18 months.

In a separate trial in August 2019, he admitted four offences of voyeurism, two of outraging public decency, and three of stealing items including sex toys and underwear in burglaries, for which he is already serving five years and eight months in prison.

Relowicz had denied raping and murdering Libby, claiming the couple had consensual sex, but the jury rejected his version of events.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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