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Libby Squire murder trial: Student 'raped and dumped in river'

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A man raped and murdered a student before dumping her body in a river, a court has heard.

Libby Squire, 21, went missing after a night out in Hull city centre on 31 January 2019. Her remains were found in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks later.

Prosecutors say she was picked up by defendant Pawel Relowicz, 26, after being refused entry to a nightclub.

Polish national Mr Relowicz denies rape and murder.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Ms Squire’s friends had put her in a taxi, which dropped her outside her student home on Wellesley Avenue.

Instead of entering the house, the court heard, she walked away towards nearby Beverley Road and dropped her keys in a neighbour’s garden.

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC said temperatures would have been “freezing” that night and Ms Squire would have been “extremely vulnerable”.

“She was drunk, she was likely hypothermic, and she was in deep distress,” he said.

“She had lost her house keys, she was crying, she had fallen repeatedly to the floor as she tried to walk.”

The court heard she had got into Mr Relowicz’s car and he had driven her to nearby Oak Road playing fields where he “raped and killed her”.

The trial continues.

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