A butcher found guilty of raping and murdering missing student Libby Squire has been jailed for 27 years.
Pawel Relowicz was found guilty after jurors saw through his “web of lies”.
Relowicz preyed on the 21-year-old University of Hull student, who was found dead in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks after she disappeared after a night out.
He targeted Libby, from Bedfordshire, while she was distressed and confused in the street on February 1, 2019, after being turned away from a nightclub for being too drunk.
Father-of-two Relowicz picked up the second year philosophy student in his car as he prowled for “easy sex”.
A jury had been deliberating for almost 28 hours before they found Pawel Relowicz guilty on both counts on Thursday.
Libby’s mum released an emotional statement about how she “longs to die” without her daughter.
Lisa Squire, 50, fought back tears as she read out her devastating victim statement to the Judge who was sentencing Libby’s killer.
She told how losing Libby was “torture” and told of her “silent screams” at the loss.
As the judge left the courtroom, Relowicz stood and watched Libby’s parents, holding his stare for over a minute.
He left with three dock officers, showing no emotion as he has done throughout the whole of the trial.
Libby’s mum’s statement said: “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. 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.”
In a statement read out by prosecuting barrister Richard Wright QC, Libby’s sister Beth also shared her anguish.
She said: “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.”
On Friday Justice Lambert sentenced Relowicz to life imprisonment – a minimum term of 27 years before he can be considered for parole.
He has also been handed 18 years for rape concurrently.
Justice Lambert outlined what she had to consider when sentencing Relowicz.
She said: “The offence is murder has a fixed sentence of life imprisonment. I must set the minimum term you will serve in custody.
“It reflects not only the murder but also the offence of rape. Even after you have served that term you will not be released until the Parole Board decide it is safe to do so.
“You may never be released and if you are you will be on licence for the rest of your life.”
Libby’s parents, Lisa and Russ Squire, had been clutching hands and crying before the jury gave their verdicts.
Speaking outside court, Mrs Squire said the conviction of her daughter’s killer “changes nothing for us, there is no closure”.
She said: “As a family, today’s verdict changes nothing for us. There is no closure.
“We don’t get to have Libby back.
“Our lives don’t revert back to normal.
“…Libby will always be with us and we are all so proud of our beautiful, caring, amazingly wonderful girl.
“And, although she has been physically taken from us, the memories we have and the love we share will never be taken.”
Libby’s disappearance sparked a huge search operation as detectives scoured the area to piece together her final movements.
Jurors heard that because of the length of time her body had been in the water, forensics experts were unable to determine how she died.
Relowicz, 26, had been “prowling” the streets of Hull looking for “easy sex” when he came across the sobbing and shivering student.
The Polish-born dad of two would tell his wife he was off for a run and instead visit his favourite “hot spots” in the student area.
In a “terrible twist of fate” on January 31st 2019, he crossed paths with Libby.
She had been turned away from a nightclub for being too drunk.
Her pals had put her in a taxi home and paid her fare back to their shared house. But she never made it inside.
After getting out of the taxi she staggered off into the snow covered streets.
Passers by tried to help her as she fell to the ground.
But eventually she was picked up by the “utterly gross and disgusting” sexual predator Relowicz .
He offered to take her home, doing up her seatbelt once he got her in his car.
But instead of taking her to safety he drove straight past her street and took her to remote playing fields, where he raped her on a grass verge.
It is then believed he dragged her to the river nearby and dumped her “dead or dying” into the freezing water below.
On Thursday, Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “Our thoughts today are very much with Libby’s family and friends. Nothing will ever fill the void left in their lives; however, we hope the verdict today brings them a sense of closure.
“What took place in February 2019 deeply affected everyone at the University and those within the local community.
“Libby made a huge impact during her time at Hull, and will be remembered fondly by all who met her.”