Libby Squire: Man charged with rape and murder of Hull student

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
A man has been charged with the rape and murder of Hull University student Libby Squire (PA)

A man has been charged with the rape and murder of Hull University student Libby Squire.

The man - Pawel Relowicz, 24 - will appear at Hull magistrates' court on October 30.

Humberside Police say he was charged on Wednesday evening, after he was arrested in August in connection with Ms Squire’s murder.

A 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the disappearance of university student Libby Squire has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with unrelated offences (PA)

Pawel Relowicz, of Raglan Street, Hull, appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court on suspicion of unrelated offences including voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary.

A missing persons report was filed after Ms Squire, 21, disappeared after she was turned away from the Welly nightclub in Beverley Road, Hull, in the early hours of February 1 this year.

But over a month later, the philosophy student’s body was pulled from the Humber estuary on March 30, sparking a murder investigation.

Humberside police launched a major investigation after Ms Squire's missing persons case turned into a murder probe (PA)

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges came after a lengthy and complex investigation by Humberside Police.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley, said: “Pawel Relowicz, 25, has been charged with the rape and murder of 21-year-old Libby Squire in February this year.

“Libby was reported missing in the early hours of Friday 1 February this year after a night out in Hull with friends. Sadly, Libby’s body was recovered from the Humber Estuary just over six weeks later on Wednesday 20 March.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to Libby’s parents for their continued understanding and patience throughout the investigative process.

Police cut back undergrowth near Oak Road playing fields in Hull (PA)

“They have been updated on all of the developments in the investigation and we will continue to support them moving forward and throughout the court proceedings.”

Relowicz is remanded in custody until his appearance at Hull Magistrates Court.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham said: “Criminal proceedings against Mr Relowicz are now active and he has a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”