Libby Squire’s heartbroken mum ‘feared she would find daughter dead one day’

The mum of tragic murdered teen Libby Squire feared she would one day find her daughter dead.

After killer Pawel Relowicz was convicted of her rape and murder, heartbroken mum Lisa Squire told Sheffield Crown Court: "I never really thought I would have Libby for the rest of my life."

Libby, who was 21 when she was killed in February 2019, has battled with her mental health since she was 13.

She ended up self-harming and became suicidal between the ages of 15 and 18 after trying to help a friend who was struggling with an eating disorder.

At one point she had threatened to throw herself in the local river in their home village in Buckinghamshire.

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Her mum said: "During this period I always worried about Libby and often feared that one day I would find her dead in her bedroom."

But Lisa said her daughter had been transformed by going to university, where she was studying philosophy at the University of Hull.

She said: "She was in a really good place and was always really open with her mum about her mental health.

“We knew each other so well that I knew everything there was to know about Libby. We were that in sync with each other I would describe it as being almost as one.”

Libby had spoken about a possible career in journalism after graduating from university.

Her mum said: "Libby loved life at university and worked hard.

"Libby enjoyed drinking but was very much against drugs. I have regularly collected her from parties and had to carry her into the car or the house, she had been that drunk."

She went on: "Libby was always funny and had a wicked sense of humour, she could make everybody laugh."

Lisa also said her daughter was afraid of the dark and always wanted a light on.

She added: "I spoke to Libby every day, either by call or text. She was planning her future and was in the best place in her life she had ever been."

Relowicz targeted Libby when she was drunk and confused after a night out in Hull.

The dad-of-two picked her up as he prowled the area looking for "easy sex".

Relowicz was a prolific sex offender and after he was arrested following Libby's disappearance, Humberside Police realised he was the predator guilty of at least nine sexual crimes against female students over the previous 18 months.

In a separate trial in August 2019, he admitted four offences of voyeurism, two of outraging public decency, and three of stealing items including sex toys and underwear in burglaries, for which he is already serving five years and eight months in prison.

Relowicz had denied raping and murdering Libby, claiming the couple had consensual sex, but the jury rejected his version of events.

As the verdict was read out, Libby's parents held hands and cried in the public gallery.

Relowicz will be sentenced on Friday.

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