Polish butcher who raped and murdered Libby Squire, 21, fed his ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ by stealing knickers and sex toys from young women’s bedrooms before leaving condoms as calling cards
- Pawel Relowwicz, 26, was found guilty of the murder and rape Libby Squire, 21
- Miss Squire’s body was found by a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary in 2019
- Relowicz raped her in Oak Road playing fields in Hull before putting her in river
The bars in Hull’s small student district were bustling on the snowy Thursday night in January 2019 when Libby Squire vanished without trace.
The terraced streets around Newland Avenue are marketed by letting agents as the ‘epicentre of student life in Hull’ – and that’s exactly what drew ‘sexually deviant’ predator Pawel Relowicz to locate there.
He had left the village of Warszewice, northern Poland, (population 616) with his wife, now 26, five years earlier and both found work at pork producer Karro Foods’ plant in Malton, North Yorks.
Relowicz was given a role as a butcher at its slaughter and processing site, which had just seen a £500,000 investment.
To those in the city’s Polish community he was a ‘normal friendly, hard-working family man.’
Pawel Relowicz (left), 26, was found guilty of the rape and murder of Libby Squire (right), 21
But he masked an ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ which he fed by stalking young women in their homes at night.
Relowicz peered through the windows of student houses at young undergraduates lying naked of involved in sexual acts, broke into their houses to steal knickers and sex toys and left behind condoms as ‘calling cards.’
He ‘patrolled’ the interlocked network of streets around the family home in his silver Vauxhall Astra and kept with him the pink holdall which held the ‘trophies’ he’d stolen during his sexually motivated raids.
Relowicz was given a role as a butcher at its slaughter and processing site
Libby Squire murderer Pawel Relowicz was married and had children but led a double life
Somehow, despite increasingly brazen sexual behaviour which included masturbating in the street, Relowicz evaded suspicion.
His hairdresser Iwona Reczulska knew both Relowicz and his wife as both used the salon where she works, Solo, near their home.
She told Mailonline: ‘I remember when [his wife] became pregnant with their first child how happy and excited he was about becoming a father.
‘[His wife] also comes to the salon to have her hair cut and they seemed like a very normal hard working family.
‘He worked five days a week at the bacon factory, which is about an hour away. He was not one to go out drinking, he always told me that he likes to spend weekends at home with the family.
A court artist’s sketch of Pawel Relowicz (in blue) sitting in Sheffield Crown Court
‘To me he was a normal, friendly, quite quiet guy.’
One of seven brothers and sisters, Relowicz had few friends and was a religious boy who liked to bake cakes and was afraid of blood, according to his mother Marzena, 53.
She said: ‘Pawel hates violence and blood – and would cry tears and tears whenever he cut himself growing up.
‘I was surprised when he got the butcher job in England but he was reluctant to take it – he needed money to support his family.’
He attended a local gym in Hull and had a passing interest in football but had few close friends, spending his time either at home with his young children or stalking the streets.
During his trial at Sheffield Crown Court, Richard Wright, QC, said that in the time leading up to Libby’s murder, Relowicz’s sexual urges were ‘completely out of control’ at that time and Relowicz agreed that they were.
The trial was told he left used condoms behind because he wanted to strike fear into the women whose homes he had invaded and ‘got a kick’ out of them knowing he had been masturbating while there.
Throughout 2017, 2018 and into 2019, Relowicz continued his behaviour and was only caught when it was too late for LIbby.
He was jailed in August 2019 for eight and a half years after admitting nine offences including theft of sexual items and voyeurism at Sheffield Crown Court.
Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told him:’It is clear to me that you harbour sexually deviant traits within your character. This led you to commit these crimes which, taken as a whole, may only be characterised as a campaign of sexually deviant criminality.
‘Your conduct has caused immense distress to several young women in Hull. I regard you as potentially a very dangerous individual.
Libby Squire, 21, died in Hull two years ago
‘You lived with your wife at Raglan Street in Hull. Your home was near to the University of Hull and nearby student accommodation. Over a period of about 19 months from June 2017 you exhibited very disturbing behaviour towards young women living close to where you lived.’
His years of predatory behaviour culminated in the death of Libby Squire, who was unfortunate enough to encounter him whilst drunk and incapable, having been turned away from a student night at The Welly venue nearby.
Several people had tried to help her but gave up when Libby asked to leave their company.
Relowicz admitted to the jury that he was out that night looking for ‘easy sex.’ He approached Libby ‘out of curiosity’ as she was ‘crying and screaming.’
Asked if he found Libby attractive, Relowicz said: ‘she was a very beautiful woman’.
Libby, 21, was crying, had lost her keys and her knee was bleeding from repeatedly falling over on the snowy ground.
Seizing his chance Relowicz bundled her into his car, under the pretence of helping her, and drove her to the nearby Oak Road playing fields where he raped her on the frozen ground next to his car.
It was in that sexual attack – which Relowicz insisted was consensual – that he ended LIbby’s life and then dragged her to the bank of the River Hull, which borders the field.
Ms Squire’s father, Russ, left the public gallery while the CCTV clip was played, while her mother, Lisa, held a tissue to her face as she watched
Police cut back undergrowth while investigating the disappearance of Miss Squire in 2019
He threw Libby into the ‘cold waters’ of the Hull, where she reached the Humber and was then carried out to sea. Her body was spotted by a crewman of a passing ship in March 2019 off Cleethorpes.
Relowicz insisted to the jury that Libby was happy to go with him and that she’d consented to sex despite describing the state she was in.
He said: ‘She said, ‘hey man’ and I said, ‘What’s up?’ ‘She said she needed some help, she wanted to go home to her mum.’
Mr Wright asked him: ‘Drunk, cold, shivering, crying terribly, rolling her head, wanting her mum. That’s how she was when you set off, wasn’t it?’
Relowicz lied: ‘Yes, that’s correct.’
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