Libby Squire murder suspect ‘stalked other women hours after killing student’
Pawel Relowicz continued stalking other women within hours of meeting Libby Squire before committing a sex act in the street, a trial has heard.
Relowicz, 26, denies the rape and murder of University of Hull student Libby Squire.
But he admits he was out cruising the streets close to his home in Raglan Street, west Hull, looking for other women he could commit sex acts in front of.
On day ten of the trial at Sheffield Crown Court, Relowicz was being cross-examined by the prosecution.
The court heard by the time Relowicz parked on Haworth Street before meeting Libby he had been driving around for three hours and 20 minutes.
But even after meeting Libby and having sex with her, Relowicz admitted his sexual desires had not been sated, with him performing a sex act in a street at around 3am.
Prosecution barrister Richard Wright QC said: “You say you had consensual sex with Libby Squire, should we understand that wasn’t enough for you? Because you had to be back out again looking for other women to masturbate at.”
Relowicz said: “This is correct.”
Mr Wright added Relowicz then went on to perform a sex act in the street before stopping opposite a takeway “hoping to see a woman”.
The court was shown CCTV footage of Relowicz pulling up on Newland Avenue, hours after the alleged murder of Libby.
A woman could be seen walking on her own on the opposite side of the street, with Relowicz’s car engine starting as she became level with it.
Relowicz said that was a coincidence, to which the prosecution say he then “shot up to Alexandra Road”, with the CCTV showing the woman turning left, off the road.
Mr Wright said: “Had you driven to Alexandra Road, hoping she would continue up the road so you could masturbate at her?”
Relowicz denied this.
“Within a minute,” Mr Wright said, “you were out of your car masturbating in the street on the corner next to Chicken George.”
Relowicz was asked “what made him so excited?”.
He said: “I don’t remember what I was doing two years ago.”
Mr Wright said: “Well, masturbating in the street. Some may consider this to be an unusual thing to do. We have a video of you doing it to help you with your memory. I just want you to help us understand what was going through your mind.
“Do you not want to help us on this point Mr Relowicz?”
He said: “I want to help but I don’t want to lie or make things up.”
Mr Wright put it to Relowicz he was “very sexually excited about something” which meant the sex act was over in seconds.
He said: “Was it that you raped and killed her that sexually excited you?”
Relowicz denied this was the case.
Mr Wright turned to what happened at Oak Road itself and flagged up the fact Relowicz had given five different versions of events either to police in interview, to friends, in a defence statement and then in front of the jury.
He questioned Relowicz over his new claims that Libby was screaming as he drove away when he never previously mentioned that.
Relowicz insisted he never went into the Oak Road playing fields themselves although witness Sam Alford says he saw a man running across the fields shortly after hearing a woman’s screams near to the River Hull.
Mr Wright said: “This is not a coincidence that there was another man in tight trousers attacking a woman by the river that night.
“This man was you and Libby Squire was screaming and she was screaming because you were overpowering her, raping her and attacking her.
“You put her in the river didn’t you? Dead, dying or alive, you put her in the river. You caused her to enter that water didn’t you?
Relowicz said: “I don’t know what happened with her as I was not there at the time.”
Mr Wright then picked through the defence statement Relowicz submitted a year ago,
The statement says: “The accused denies raping and killing Liberty Squire. He will say he came across her, spoke to her and agreed to give her a lift home in his car.
“She was affected by drink and upset. On route, she removed her knickers and gently threw them at the accused. Is that true or not?”
Relowicz admitted this was not true and claimed it was because he didn’t want his wife to find out he had cheated on her even though he admitted in the statement to having sex with Libby.
Mr Wright suggested Relowicz’s latest version of events were created to fit the facts.
He said: “It’s dawned on you hasn’t it that when her body was pulled from the water, she was wearing her knickers? It’s dawned on you hasn’t it that her taking them off and last seen walking up the road holding her knickers does not fit the evidence.”
Again, Relwicz denied this accusation.
Mr Wright said: “You have given evidence to say Libby Squire scratched your face because you wouldn’t kiss her because of the saliva on her mouth.
“That girl scratched your face because she was desperately trying to get you off her wasn’t she? You weighed 14 stone, you were a fit young man who worked as a butcher.
“She was a drunk, upset, hypothermic, young girl. And she was no match for you at all was she? The most she could do, as you attacked her, raped and killed her was land that scratch on your face Mr Relowicz.”
The trial continues.