Man remanded by magistrate charged with murdering student Libby Squire

A man has appeared in court charged with raping and murdering student Libby Squire, whose body was found earlier this year after a huge search.

Pawel Relowicz was not required to enter any pleas during Wednesday afternoon’s brief hearing.

Appearing at Hull Magistrates’ Court by video-link, the 25-year-old, wearing a grey T-shirt and silver-rimmed glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and Polish nationality.

Chairwoman of the magistrates Jacqueline Fairbairn remanded him into custody to appear at Hull Crown Court on Thursday morning at 10am.

Libby Squire
Libby Squire (Family Handout/PA)

He was charged by Humberside Police last week with raping and murdering Miss Squire.

The court heard that Relowicz allegedly killed her on February 1, and allegedly committed the rape between January 31 and February 1.

The 21-year-old student disappeared near her home in Hull, where she was studying philosophy, prompting a search involving police, the public and friends.

Hundreds of uniformed officers took part in the operation, as well as search specialists, dog handlers and underwater officers.

Nearly seven weeks after she disappeared following an evening out with friends, the body of Miss Squire, originally from High Wycombe, was recovered from the Humber Estuary on March 20.

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