Chilling CCTV shows moment Libby Squire, 21, 'gets into butcher's car' on night she was raped and murdered

 

  • Pawel Relowicz seen on CCTV as he 'effectively stalks' Libby Squire, court told
  • He then 'darts' across road in Hull to where she was, Sheffield Crown Court hears
  • Relowicz allegedly drove away with Miss Squire in car just minutes later in 2019
  • Polish butcher Relowicz denies raping and murdering the philosophy student

Following the gruesome murder of Libby Squire, the teen girl picked up in a cold, lonely street of UK by Polish butcher, Pawel Relowicz, a chilling CCTV footage shows the victim was stalked before her killing.

According to daily mail 14th of January, 2021. the report says that the jury trying a butcher accused of raping and murdering a student today watched the moment he 'intercepts' her in the street after he 'identified her as a target'.

Pawel Relowicz, 26, was captured on CCTV as he 'effectively stalks' 21-year-old Libby Squire before he 'darts' across the road to where she was, the court was told.

In the clip, some 'toing and froing' can be seen before Miss Squire eventually enters the vehicle, with a man identified as Relowicz standing by the passenger side door. 

Her gold watch was later found with a damaged clasp on Haworth Street in Hull, near where the vehicle had been parked. 

Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told the jury that the defendant took Miss Squire to a remote playing field, where he raped and murdered her before putting her body in the River Hull. 

A resident heard a woman's screams before seeing a young man running away from the area, the court heard.

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.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to nine sexually motivated offences, committed in the months before Miss Squire death and including voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary, the court heard today.

Discussing the CCTV, Mr Wright said: 'Whether Libby was forced into the vehicle physically, an act that would, we suggest, not have been difficult given her condition at that point, or whether she was persuaded to enter it, on the promise of some assistance being rendered to her, may never be clear from the CCTV footage alone.'

Relowicz had been 'patrolling' the student area of Hull to find a young woman to sexually assault before opportunistically targeting Miss Squire, the prosecution allege.  

Mr Wright said searches of Relowicz's phone showed that he had browsed an internet pornography site twice during the early hours of February 1 and said he 'appears to have been in a state of heightened sexual arousal that night'.

He said a search of his car found a pink holdall containing 'trophies... taken in a series of sexually motivated burglaries', including sex toys, photographs of young women and several pairs of women's knickers and thongs.

He said: 'Over more than a year preceding Libby's death, the defendant had been committing offences in which he would either expose himself to women in public, masturbate at them in the street, watch them through their windows as they changed or had sex or burgled their homes with the purpose of stealing their underwear, their sex toys or other objects.'  

Mr Wright said Miss Squire - who was drunk and had been refused entry to a nightclub - was 'extremely vulnerable' and 'likely hypothermic' as she was not dressed for the freezing cold weather.

She had walked away from her house on Wellesley Avenue after being dropped off by a taxi and a number of people, some who saw her falling and lying on the floor in the snow, tried to help her, the court heard.

Mr Wright told the jury that father-of-two Relowicz had spent the evening of January 31, 2019, 'patrolling the streets' of the student area of Hull 'looking for an opportunity to present itself to him'.

The prosecutor said Miss Squire 'inadvertently' strayed into his path after he parked his silver Vauxhall Astra on Haworth Street.

Describing CCTV footage taken between 11.57pm on January 31 and 12.08am on February 1, 2019, Mr Wright said it showed Relowicz leaving his vehicle, walking past Miss Squire and crossing Beverley Road.

He said: 'We will invite you to conclude that he had in fact seen Libby and the obviously drunken and distressed condition she was in. He had identified her as a target and his crossing the road was a device, a fiction to make it look like he hadn't seen her and was just walking on past.'

The barrister told the court that the footage shows Relowicz 'effectively stalks' Miss Squire, 'tracking' her progress before he 'darts across the road and intercepts her'. 

Relowicz, of Raglan Street, Hull, sat in the dock with three prison officers as the footage was played to the silent courtroom.

The court later heard that Relowicz drove to Oak Road playing fields, where both he and Ms Squire got out of the car, before he returned alone around seven-and-a-half minutes later.

Mr Wright said a resident called Sam Alford, who lived in a house on the edge of the playing field, reported hearing a series of female screams before seeing a man running away.

Mr Wright said: 'They were distant screams but they were loud screams. Mr Alford recalled them as frantic screams that had urgency and had depth.

'There were gaps between them and there were several of them.'

He added: 'We will invite you to conclude that the screams were Libby's and that the man then seen running back after the screaming had stopped was the defendant.'

Mr Wright said Relowicz went home but returned to the playing fields around two hours later.

The prosecutor said he then continued 'cruising around the streets of the student area in his car' and was captured on CCTV footage appearing to masturbate in the street.

A used condom matching the defendant's DNA was later found on the pavement where he had been parked, the court heard.

Relowicz denies raping and murdering Ms Squire, who was originally from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

The trial continues. 

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