A 26-year-old man was found guilty of raping and murdering a 21-year-old college student before dropping her body in a river

Pawel Relowicz was convicted of the murder of Libby Squire after a 13-day trial in Sheffield Crown Court The verdict was pronounced after six days of deliberation, with the foreman acknowledging that at least 10 jurors agreed

The court heard that the 21-year-old squire was very vulnerable, drunk, and likely hypothermic when she met Relowicz on Jan. January 2019 met

Relowicz, father of two, was working as a butcher in Malton, North Yorkshire

at the time of the crime

He told the court he encountered Squire while driving around Hull, “looking for a woman who has easy sex” The jury at Sheffield Crown Court was told that Relowicz had been charged with nine sexual offenses between July 2017 and April 20 Convicted January 20, 2019 – just 11 days before he raped and killed Squire, the court overheard him on the night of Jan. Had abandoned a woman on the same street Squire lived on on January 1st

On 31 On Jan.23 – the night he came across Squire – Relowicz admitted looking for an opportunity to commit a similar crime and said he parked on Haworth Street to peer through the windows and masturbate However, he denied having committed rape or murder

During questioning, defense attorney Oliver Saxby QC asked, “Do you accept that you have a problem?” Relowicz replied yes and said it was difficult to accept because he feared his wife would have left him if she found out

The judges heard Relowicz had a pink travel bag with sex toys, lingerie and photos from a student house and that his semen and saliva were found on some items

The trial heard Relowicz “roam” the streets of Hull’s student area in a state of “heightened sexual arousal” on the night of Squire’s murder

in search of a vulnerable student

When Relowicz saw the desperate and drunk student, she offered to drive her home. Relowicz claimed he was a good Samaritan and “just wanted to help” but prosecutor Richard Wright QC said, “He found them in Libby Squire Opportunity he sought and went further than before, driving her away, raping her and killing her ”

The Ministry of the Interior’s pathologist, Dr Matthew Lyall told jurors that due to the length of time her body was in the river, the cause of Squire’s death could not be determined, nor whether she was dead or alive, before she got in the water showing two cuts in her upper lip however, a blunt trauma compatible with “pinching or compressing the throat or covering the mouth”

A swab from Squire’s body was found to have sperm with a DNA profile with a probability of one in a billion matching the defendant

During the trial, Relowicz claimed he had consensual sex with Squire the night she went missing. He described how he couldn’t get an address from her while trying to drive her home and so around stopped on Oak Road when he thought she was going to get sick

Relowicz said she asked for a hug and they kissed before having sex on the floor near his car The defendant said she tried to kiss him again but he turned away and she did scratched his face

He told the court that he then drove away and saw her behind his car when he yelled at him not to leave her but that she was alive when he drove away “I did nothing to Libby I did didn’t kill her, I didn’t rape her and I left her where I said I left her, “said Relowicz

CCTV showed Squire in the early hours of Jan. In February 2019 drove to Oak Road in the defendant’s silver Astra, but she was never seen again.Five days later, Relowicz was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

Squire’s body was finally found almost seven weeks after it disappeared on Jan. Found by a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary February 2019, the court heard Relowicz “laugh and grin” as he was interviewed by detectives after Squire’s body recovered

Libby Squire

World News – UK – Man, 26, guilty of rape and murder of Hull student Libby Squire

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/11/man-pawel-relowicz-found-guilty-hull-student-libby-squire