Libby Squire’s killer refuses to meet with grieving mum of student he raped and murdered
A meeting that was due to take place between the mother of murdered student Libby Squire and the man convicted of her killing has been cancelled.
Pawel Relowicz has changed his mind about meeting Lisa Squire as part of a restorative justice programme, claiming he is appealing his conviction and sentence.
Ms Squire, who was informed about the cancellation just over a week ago, told BBC Breakfast: “We can’t find any evidence that (an appeal application) has happened so far.
“The police haven’t heard anything, nor have the probation service or my restorative justice case worker – so I am not sure, really.”
Relowicz, a 28-year-old married father-of-two and a Polish butcher, dumped Libby’s body in the River Hull after raping her on a playing field in the early hours of February 1, 2019.
He was convicted of raping and murdering the 21-year-old student when he chanced upon her after she had been out with friends.
He was jailed for a minimum term of 27 years at Sheffield Crown Court in February 2021.
When she was asked why she wanted to question Relowicz, the Hull University philosophy student’s mother said: “It’s about being in the same space as the person who was last with her.
“In an ideal world I would love him to tell me how she died because we don’t know, and it’s a question that does not leave me.”
Saying she does not think he would say how she died, Ms Squire stated: “It is more for me about how she was feeling when she got into the car. Was she evidently warmer? Was she chatty?
“Was she quiet? Was she crying, or was she not crying? All those little questions that just eat away at me.”
She intends talk to officials in about six months to see if Relowicz will eventually meet her. She believes it will happen because “I am not going to give up”.
Ms Squire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, said the idea of him launching an appeal fills her with “dread” but she is confident there is no new evidence in the case.
She feels her daughter’s killer is “backtracking” on talking to her ever since she agreed to the meeting, as he wanted to know which questions she would ask and also state which he would answer.
Before he killed Libby Squire, Relowicz had a history of non-contact sex crimes including voyeurism.
Ms Squire feels it is her job to do as much as she can for her murdered daughter, which includes finding answers about how she died and also being prepared if her other children ask questions about it in the future.
She said: “I am never going to have the whole picture. By not seeing him at the moment, when I found out, I felt like I had let her down again.
“I felt like I had failed at seeing him.”
Ms Squire added that her other children may also want to know more about the circumstances surrounding Libby’s death as they get older, and “if I haven’t done my absolute utmost to find out, then I just don’t feel I am doing my job as a mother properly”.