A married butcher within the UK has right this moment been discovered responsible of raping, murdering and dumping a pupil in a freezing river.
Pawel Relowicz, 26, was prowling the streets of Hull, Yorkshire, on the lookout for a sufferer when he got here throughout “extraordinarily susceptible” Libby Squires, 21.
After forcing Libby into his automobile, the dad-of-two drove her to a distant subject the place he raped her earlier than dumping her useless or dying in a river.
She was found six weeks afterward March 20, 2019, in an estuary by a fishing boat – a gold necklace bearing the letter ‘L’ nonetheless hanging round her neck.
In the meantime, Relowicz started spinning an online of lies in an try to dupe police – together with claiming he had consensual intercourse with Libby.
Jurors have right this moment convicted him of rape and homicide at Sheffield Crown Courtroom after 27 hours and 55 minutes of deliberation, The Sun studies.
The conviction comes simply over two years after philosophy and faith pupil Libby vanished in Hull on February 1, 2019.
Relowicz, who confirmed no emotion when the decision was learn out, was remanded in custody forward of sentencing on Friday.
Libby’s heartbroken mother and father held palms and cried from the general public gallery forward of their daughter’s killer being convicted.
Talking outdoors courtroom, mum Lisa was supported by husband Russ as she learn a devastating assertion.
The nurse stated: “As a household, right this moment’s verdict adjustments nothing for us.
“There is no such thing as a closure. We don’t get to have Libby again.
“Our lives don’t revert again to regular.
“Nevertheless, we’re happy that each one the laborious work and dedication of the police and authorized groups has been recognised.
“Libby will all the time be with us and we’re all so happy with our lovely, caring, great lady.
“And, though she has been bodily taken from us, the recollections we’ve got and the love we share won’t ever be taken.”
Through the trial, the courtroom was advised Relowicz had beforehand pleaded responsible to 9 sexually motivated offences together with voyeurism, outraging public decency and housebreaking.
He had uncovered himself to girls and performed sex acts on himself in the street within the 12 months main as much as Libby’s loss of life.
Relowicz additionally watched them by way of their home windows as they modified or had intercourse and stole underwear and intercourse toys from girls’s houses as “trophies”.
His final offence occurred simply days earlier than Libby went lacking in 2019.
The married dad-of-two admitted he had a “fetish” and was on the lookout for “simple intercourse” on the evening Libby vanished.
In a “horrible coincidence”, it was then he noticed Libby – “intercepting” her as she walked the chilly streets of Hull on a winter evening simply moments from her house.
The coed had been ingesting with mates and appeared “in good spirits” earlier than the group headed to the nightclub within the metropolis centre at round 11pm.
CCTV confirmed Libby stumbling along with her friends as they walked by way of the snow to the membership.
As soon as there, safety workers on the door refused to let her in as a result of she seemed to be drunk so she advised her mates she would stroll house as an alternative.
However her friends put her in a taxi, which dropped Libby off near her house, however tragically she “walked away from the security of her entrance door”.
Toxicology assessments later revealed she was two-and-a-half instances the drink-drive restrict when she died.
She was later seen by passers-by “clearly drunk” and “sobbing” – together with two males who noticed the coed mendacity within the snow along side the highway.
The bystanders tried to assist her however have been unable to know what she was saying and she or he turned verbally aggressive in order that they drove away.
A bunch of scholars who heard Libby crying outdoors their home let her in however she left, saying she needed to go house.
She was possible hypothermic, “extraordinarily susceptible” and wasn’t dressed for the climate as she stumbled by way of the snow-covered streets.
At this level, Relowicz was lurking within the shadows watching the coed’s actions.
He bundled Libby into his silver Vauxhall Astra and drove her to the secluded subject the place frantic screams have been later heard.
Relowicz then left the sphere round seven-and-a-half minutes later with out Libby.
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC stated this was “greater than sufficient time” for him to have “taken or pursued Libby out into the sphere, sexually attacked and killed her, put her physique into the river, after which run again to his automobile.”
He stated Relowicz’s “sole objective” was to “silence her screams” after he raped Libby.
The prosecutor added: “Her screams, and the scratches that she clearly managed to land on the face of the defendant as she fought him off, are simply a part of the proof that establishes that she was raped by a person whose total motivation for coming into contact along with her that evening was to take her away from security to a distant space well-known to him and there to topic her to his uncontrollable sexual urges.
“His very objective in prowling the streets was with a view to commit opportunistic sexual offences and the rape of Libby was simply such an offence.”
Relowicz later returned to the sphere within the early hours of the morning.
CCTV footage captured him standing together with his knees bent performing a intercourse act on himself on the street.
He had additionally visited a porn website twice within the hours after Libby died and had been “in a state of heightened sexual arousal that evening”.
Two days later, on February 3, a used condom containing DNA matching Relowicz was found within the space.
An enormous search was mounted after Libby disappeared with police looking ponds, bins and backyards in a determined bid to search out the coed.
Her mum Lisa Squire advised the courtroom how she knew one thing was “critically incorrect” when her daughter first vanished.
The nurse, from Excessive Wycombe, Bucks, stated: “I knew one thing wasn’t proper and advised her buddy to name the taxi firm, they’d been to her favorite taxi firms and so they had contacted the police.
“We made the choice to not panic and go straight to Hull as she may have gone to a different buddy’s home.
“I knew she had a lecture that day and would by no means miss a lecture so if she didn’t go to that one thing could be critically incorrect.
“We travelled to Hull and knew one thing critical had occurred. It was not in her character and she or he was not answering her texts or calls.
“She was planning her future and was in the very best place in her life she had ever been.”
Because the frantic search gathered velocity, Relowicz was arrested on suspicion of abduction in an enormous breakthrough for the case.
However as an alternative of serving to police, he created an intricate story to throw officers off.
Portray himself as a caring hero, he claimed he “simply needed to assist” when he noticed crying Libby on the pavement.
He branded her a “very lovely lady” however denied having any sexual emotions in the direction of her.
Relowicz stated: “I requested her if all the pieces was OK along with her, she stated sure and she or he requested me to hug her.
“We have been hugging one another and we began kissing.”
He advised jurors the pair had intercourse however Libby “scratched” his face when he didn’t need to kiss her after so he drove away as she screamed at him to not depart her.
Relowicz stated he then returned house the place he had a shower and washed his garments to cease his spouse discovering he had intercourse with another person.
After watching “nonviolent” porn, he advised the courtroom he returned to the sphere as he was “frightened” about Libby however couldn’t see her.
The dad even stated violent sexual activity, rape, tough sexual activity and the thought of inflicting ache in intercourse didn’t excite him sexually in a weird defence.
After he was arrested, police discovered a pink holdall containing “trophies … taken in a sequence of sexually motivated burglaries”.
This included intercourse toys, pictures of younger girls and several other pairs of ladies’s underwear and G-strings.
When quizzed by police, Relowicz stated he “forgot” about them and they didn’t belong to him or his spouse.
He additionally had two “Halloween” masks within the boot of his automobile – one described as a “Scream” masks and the opposite which had pink hair.
But it surely wasn’t till a month later that Libby’s body washed up in an estuary.
A autopsy couldn’t set up a explanation for loss of life however DNA matching Relowicz was discovered on her.
Her bruised physique additionally had “neck marks” and small haemorrhages round her mouth, which could possibly be proof of asphyxia.
Relowicz was lastly charged with Libby’s rape and homicide in October 2019 – two months after being jailed for eight years for his different intercourse offences.
It will possibly now be reported for the primary time that his sentence was lowered to 5 years and eight months on the Courtroom of Enchantment in March final 12 months.
Libby’s mum, who affectionately referred to her daughter as “Pie”, stated she had misplaced “one of many 4 most valuable issues in my life” after the coed’s physique was found.
She added: “I can not thanks sufficient my darling Pie for making me a mummy. For selecting me to be your mummy. It’s an honour, a privilege and a pleasure.
“I saved you protected for so long as I may and I’m so sorry I couldn’t preserve you protected on that evening. I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry.”
This text initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission