Libby Squire’s heartbroken mother told today how she now ‘longs to die’ so she can ‘be with her girl’ again as her killer was jailed for 27 years.
Lisa Squire spoke at the beginning of the sentencing of Pawel Relowicz,, the sexual deviant Polish butcher who raped and murdered her daughter.
Mrs Squire said knowing she was not there when her daughter needed her will ‘haunt me for the rest of my life’.
Relowicz, 26, targeted the drunk and vulnerable student before driving her to a remote area, raping her then dumping her body in the early hours of February 1 2019.
The Honourable Mrs Justice Lambert said he had preyed on Libby and she ‘did not stand a chance’ of escaping his evil.
Yesterday a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found him guilty on both counts following a three-week trial and 27 hours of deliberations.
Ahead of Relowicz’s sentencing at the same court this afternoon Libby’s family provided a number of heartbreaking victim impact statements.
Libby Squire’s heartbroken parents (pictured outside court) have paid an emotional tribute to their 21-year-old daughter after a Polish butcher was found guilty of her rape and murder
Libby Squire’s body was found by a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks after she was reported missing on February 1, 2019
Lisa said: ‘There are no words that can explain the torture of living without my Libby. She was a sister, a granddaughter, niece and cousin.
‘I have not only lost my daughter but the opportunity to be a grandmother to her children.
‘In any times of trouble she wanted me, her mum. Knowing I was not there when she needed me will haunt me for the rest of my life.
‘I now live in two worlds where I live as a mother, wife, friend and employee but there is also a world that will run parallel and is a dark and lonely world.
Relowicz (pictured) picked Libby up just off Hull’s Beverley Road after spotting she was drunk and vulnerable at around midnight on January 31, 2019
Pawel Relowicz, 26, (pictured) had an ‘uncontrollable sexual deviancy’ and tried to spin a web of lies about his involvement in killing the 21-year-old – but a Sheffield Crown Court jury unravelled his callous deception
Woman targeted in voyeurism offence says killer was ‘just allowed to carry on’
A woman who was watched by Pawel Relowicz as she had sex said the meat processing worker ‘was allowed to just carry on targeting vulnerable women to the point where his actions had tragic and deadly consequences’.
The complainant in one of the four voyeurism charges Relowicz admitted after he was arrested on suspicion of abducting Libby Squire told Channel 4 News these type of offences should always be taken seriously.
She told the programme: ‘These things shouldn’t be taken lightly because it may just be somebody who isn’t really a threat.
‘On the other hand, it might be somebody who’s going to go on to do more similar offences as we’ve seen very sadly, tragically, in this case, something far, far worse.’
The woman said: ‘We did get to move on with our lives and that’s not something she and her family get to do because of this evil man who was allowed to just carry on targeting vulnerable women to the point where his actions had tragic and deadly consequences.’
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Relowicz committed a series of bizarre sex offences in the months before killing Ms Squire including exposing himself in public, masturbating in front of women and watching them through their windows as they changed or had sex.
He pleaded guilty to nine charges, including voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary, and was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail, later reduced to five years and eight months on appeal.
The woman told Channel 4 News: ‘He didn’t particularly care when I saw him.
‘He made eye contact.
‘It was one of those moments when it sort of takes a little while to comprehend what was actually happening.’
She said: ‘I hope that the attitude towards these things does shift, people realise that they deserve to report things, to have them investigated, to not be embarrassed, to feel supported by the authorities and the people around them.’
‘In this world, I long to die so I can be with my girl. I wake up with disappointment that I will live another day.
‘This is a world where I silently scream in pain and pray that one day we will be reunited in a dream, a world where we constantly look for signs in every rainbow.
‘A world I didn’t want to be in. Imagine wanting to live to be here with your children but one where you long to die so I can be with my child.’
The statement spoke of how the sound of Libby telling her that she loved her had been the most amazing thing she could hear.
She added: ‘I’m so proud of our beautiful, caring and wonderful girl.
‘Just four days before she died she told me she couldn’t wish for a better mummy.
‘My memories of her are always in my thoughts and I will never allow our bond to be broken.
‘Although physically not here Libby will always be with me, I’m so proud of our beautiful, caring, amazingly wonderful girl.
‘Although she has been physically been taken from me, what can never be taken from me is the love we shared.
‘My memories of her are forever in my thoughts and I will never allow the continuing bonds I have with my beautiful girl to be broken.’
Libby’s dad Russell also provided a short statement, which was read out by prosecutor Richard Wright QC.
He said: ‘As a father what can I say? I’ve lost my little girl and I’m heartbroken.
‘To get through my day I have to suppress my thoughts of her.
‘I struggle to look at her pictures and can no longer watch her video clips, unable to recall her memories because of the pain it brings.’
In a statement read by Mr Wright Libby’s sister, Beth, said she lost the person she ‘idolised’.
She added: ‘Having to grow up around something so traumatic is not something a child should do.
‘Such is the shifting of roles, losing a shared future of siblings. I suppose people have varying degrees of closeness with their siblings but Libby and I grew up to be friends.
‘She cared for me so greatly.
‘When I was little I idolised her and she provided me with unique advice. I now face a scary and unknown world without her support as the eldest sibling.
‘I’m left trying to navigate a scary and unknown world without her support.
‘I’m now the eldest and although that has been forced upon me, I hope I can follow her footsteps. We will miss her terribly.’
He left the village of Warszewice, northern Poland, (population 616) with his wife (pictured together), now 26, and found work at pork producer Karro Foods’ plant in Malton, North Yorkshire
During the trial, the court heard Relowicz ‘targetted’ Libby after seeing her ‘drunk’ and ‘vulnerable’ in the streets of Hull, East Yorks., on January 31, 2019.
He then took her in his car to a remote playing field and raped her before dumping her ‘dead or dying’ into a river.
Relowicz admitted having sex with University of Hull undergraduate Libby but claimed it was consensual.
Libby’s body was recovered from the Humber Estuary on March 20, following the largest search in Humberside Police’s history.
In the 18 months prior to Libby’s disappearance, it was heard, Relowicz committed a series of sexually-motivated crimes in the student area of Hull.
He broke into women’s homes and stole sex toys and underwear and pleasured himself at unwitting members of the public in the street.