A butcher on trial for the rape and murder of student Libby Squire ‘smirked’ during a police interrogation about her death, a jury has been told.

Pawel Relowicz, a 26-year-old father-of-two, was quizzed by detectives in August 2019 after his arrest, with details shared in court for the first time on Friday.

At one point an officer put it to him that ‘the only reason she is dead is because you killed her’ and asked him why he was laughing, according to prosecutors.

The officer is then said to have asked Relowicz: ‘What’s so funny?’ and ‘Why are you smirking?’. Jurors were told Relowicz replied: ‘No comment.’

The defendant, of Raglan Street in Hull, denies raping and murdering Libby, who was 21, in the city.



She went missing in the early hours of February 1 2019 after a night out and was found dead in the Humber Estuary weeks later.

The Hull University philosophy student was turned away from a club and took a taxi back to her street, but instead of entering her home wandered to a nearby road.

Prosecutors say she got into Relowicz’ car and was driven to a nearby playing field.

A medical expert told the jury on Friday that freezing temperatures and the amount of alcohol in Libby’s system would have ‘significantly impaired’ her decision-making at the time.

Professor Charles Deakin said her light clothing and the possibility that she got wet by lying in the snow at one point would have caused early symptoms of hypothermia.

He said: ‘I think it’s very likely that the temperature alone, but also the alcohol, would have contributed to poor judgment and some sort of confusion.’

‘I think she is likely to have been quite vulnerable.’

The professor said he believed Libby’s condition would likely have left her ‘quite vulnerable’ and would have impaired her ability to run if she tried to escape.

The prosecution’s case was expected to conclude later on Friday. The trial continues.

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