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The 26-year-old Polish butcher is on trial for raping and murdering student Libby Squire


A Polish butcher raped and murdered a "drunk and vulnerable" student in sexual violence before putting her body in a river, a court heard today.

Pawel Relowicz, 26, was accused of "being effective on patrol looking for an opportunity to introduce himself" before coming across Libby Squire, 21, in Hull.

She was "drunk," "probably hypothermic," and "in dire straits" on a street – and he was driving her out of safety to a remote field, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Relowicz denies raping and murdering the philosophy student who allegedly shouted "Don't leave me" at a car that was driven on a street earlier that night.

Prosecutors said Relowicz put her "dead or dying in the cold waters of the Hull River". Miss Squire's body was recovered by a lifeboat about seven weeks later after it was discovered by the skipper of a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary.

Libby Squire

Pawel Relowicz (left), 26, has been charged with the rape and murder of Libby Squire (right), 21

A court artist sketch by Pawel Relowicz (in blue) which appears today at Sheffield Crown Court

A court artist sketch by Pawel Relowicz (in blue) which appears today at Sheffield Crown Court

Richard Wright QC, who opened the case on the prosecution, said Ms. Squire "appeared to disappear" on the freezing night of January 31, 2019 after being refused entry to a nightclub.

He said, “She was drunk, probably hypothermic, and in great distress.

Libby Squire, 21, died in Hull two years ago

Libby Squire, 21, died in Hull two years ago

"She lost her house keys, she was crying, she repeatedly fell to the floor trying to leave, and she was extremely vulnerable."

Mr Wright told the jury that some "good citizens" tried to help Ms. Squire, but she got upset and they left her on the side of the road.

He said, “It seems that she has disappeared from there. One man knew very well where Libby had gone. This man is the defendant, Pawel Relowicz.

"He lived with his family on a residential street not far from Libby's house, and he had met her, drunk and vulnerable as she was on Beverley Road in Hull."

Mr. Wright told the court that Relowicz had driven Ms. Squire to nearby pitches on Oak Road – a "secluded place" that he was familiar with and that he chose "so as not to be disturbed."

He said, “On Oak Road, after we got out of his vehicle, we say that Pawel Relowicz raped and killed Libby, which caused her death during this sexual violence that resulted in her being dead or dying in the cold brought water from the river Hull, which bordered the edge of this playing field.

Prosecutors Richard Wright QC (left) and Relowicz (in blue) in court today

Prosecutors Richard Wright QC (left) and Relowicz (in blue) in court today

"From there, Libby's body traveled to the Humber and then out to sea to be retrieved by the lifeboat on March 20th."

Relowicz, seen in a court artist sketch at Hull Magistrates & # 39; Court in October 2019

Relowicz, seen in a court artist sketch at Hull Magistrates & # 39; Court in October 2019

Mr. Wright told the jury how Ms. Squire had had a drink with friends and was allegedly in "good spirits" but when they went to The Welly nightclub she appeared to be drunk and was refused entry.

He said her friends put her in a taxi, but when she was dropped off near her house, she fell and landed face first on the floor and walked "away from the security of her front door" towards Beverley Road.

He told the jury that a group of students heard Ms. Squire cry and let her in, but she went and said she wanted to go home.

The attorney said the philosophy student, who would not take her phone with her one evening after breaking too many screens, left her house keys in the garden of this house.

A number of people saw Ms. Squire on Beverley Road and were concerned about her condition. She was described by the jury as "obviously drunk" and "sobbing".

Miss Squire wouldn't take her cell phone with her one evening because she had smashed too many screens, the court heard today

Some people saw Miss Squire on Beverley Road and were concerned about her condition

Miss Squire wouldn't take her cell phone with her one evening because she'd smashed too many screens, the court heard today

Mr. Wright said these were two men who saw Miss Squire lying in the snow and stopped to help her, but she got verbally aggressive and drove away.

The court heard a woman see Miss Squire sitting on the floor crying and saying she wanted to go home, and a store manager saw the University of Hull student sitting on the sidewalk shortly after midnight screaming, "Don't me go to one Car maneuvering on nearby Haworth Street.

Mr. Wright said: “Libby was not seen by any member of the public that evening. She hasn't returned to 32 Wellesley Avenue and would never do it again. «

Wright said CCTV footage showed Miss Squire came into contact with Relowicz on Beverley Road shortly after she was seen by the last witness.

He said, “We'll see the two fall together just after midnight on February 1st. We will then follow them from there in the defendant's car to the fields on Oak Road.

Police reduced the undergrowth when investigating Miss Squire's disappearance in 2019

Police reduced the undergrowth when investigating Miss Squire's disappearance in 2019

“We'll never see Libby in the footage again after the defendant took her there and no camera ever picked her up after the defendant took her there that night.

"We will invite you to conclude that he raped and killed you there and put you in the river."

The judges were told that CCTV clips showed Relowicz's silver Vauxhall Astra driving through the Hull student area and heading to Oak Road on the evening of January 31st.

Mr Wright said, "These early clips are important because we suggest that they show what the defendant was up to that night."

He added, "We suggest he was effectively on patrol looking for an opportunity to present himself to him."

Police divers search for missing Miss Squires near Beverley Road in Hull in February 2019

Police divers search for missing Miss Squires near Beverley Road in Hull in February 2019

Relowicz sat and listened to the opening statement from the prosecutor in the glass-fronted dock, flanked by three prison officers.

He wore a dark blue suit over a white shirt with a royal blue tie and wore a green face mask.

Mr. Wright informed the court that the original Polish defendant lived on Raglan Street in Hull with his wife and two children.

He worked as a butcher at Karro Foods in Malton, North Yorkshire, he said.

Ms. Squire's parents – Lisa and Russ – looked down on the trial from the public gallery above the jury of five men and seven women.

The process continues.

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