Libby Squire seen ‘crying and screaming’ on final night out before her murder

Libby Squire was seen “crying and screaming” by witnesses shortly before she vanished, a court heard.

The 21-year-old student was seen “sobbing” and telling people she just wanted to go home as they tried to help her.

But it is claimed married dad-of-two, Pawel Relowicz, 26, didn’t try to help Libby but instead got her into his car and drove her to a remote Hull park.

The Polish-born dad is on trial for the rape and murder of the Philosophy undergraduate Libby.

Sheffield crown court have been told he was ‘prowling’ the student area looking for a victim before Libby went missing in January 2019.

The prosecution suggested Relowicz picked up the University of Hull student, when she was “drunk and vulnerable”.

It is claimed he then raped her before dumping her in a freezing cold river to “silence her screams”.

Libby’s body was eventually discovered almost two months later, floating in the Humber Estuary. Relowicz semen was found inside her, the jury has been told.

The court has heard that Libby had previously suffered from mental health issues when she was younger and had told of having “suicidal thoughts”.

Prosecutor Richard Wolfall, read out police statements today from Libby’s friends about the night she vanished.

Amelia Cummins, who lived with Libby in their shared student house in Hull, says she stayed with her close friend Libby over New Year.

One morning Libby had said she “felt something big would happen this year. She told me it was just a feeling.”

About the night her friend vanished, she told how their housemate Chloe Wise had given a taxi driver £10 to take Libby home, because a bouncer turned their pal away from a club for being too drunk.

She told officers Libby was “annoyed at herself for getting so drunk and getting refused admission” into the club.

Amelia said: “At 00.13am I messaged Libby asking her to let me know she was home but I didn’t hear anything back so I guessed she had gone home and passed out.

“…On Friday, February 1st, myself and Chloe Wise arrived back at approximately 1.15am.

“I went into Libby’s bedroom and discovered that nothing had moved.” Her phone which she had left in her room was still charging.

They got changed into warmer clothes and went to look for Libby thinking she would turn up after “wandering around”.

But after searching the area, they called the police and alerted Libby’s mum, Lisa Squire, who lives in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

“I text her mum telling her what had happened and I told her at 3.20am that we were with the police,” she said.

Amelia has said in her statement “it was completely out of character” for Libby to go missing.

Chloe told police how before going to the club, they had attended a party together.

She said in her statement that some of the boys there were taking drugs, a white powder.

But she said Libby was just drunk as she was “very anti-drugs”. At the club she said they “flagged down a taxi” for Libby.

Witness, Lorna Allen, told police she saw Libby just before midnight.

She said: “I saw a girl on the other side of the road at the bus stop near Haworth Street. She was lying on the floor and crying and screaming. She was in a state. I couldn’t understand her because she was pi**ed.

“I was a bit scared at first but crossed the road. She was lying flat out on the floor, on her right side. I was stood at her feet.

“I did not notice if she had any injuries but she was talking to herself and slurring her words. She seemed very drunk.

“I said to her ‘are you all right?’ She replied: ‘I just want to go home’. She staggered, got herself up and sat on a little square wall.”

The witness said she was worried and watched Libby for five minutes as she walked off.

Giving evidence, Roland Jacobs, told the court how his pal was driving him home from a darts match by a pal about 11.40pm when they spotted Libby.

“I saw a girl laid on the floor,” he said, explaining how she was crying and mumbling to herself.

He asked his friend to stop the car, adding: “I wouldn’t want to see my daughter in that state. I got out and went straight over the girl laid on the floor.

“I just asked her to stand up. She was just mumbling things. I couldn’t understand what she was actually saying.

“She asked me to lay down with her. I just turned round and said ‘no’.”

He said he eventually managed to get her to her feet after grabbing her by the arms.

“Her legs weren’t working at first,” he said and explained how Libby told him her friends had left him

“For some reason she started swearing,” he told the court, explaining how she started calling him a ba****d.

He said her behaviour was changing all the time.

“One minute she was all right and the next swearing,” he said and at one point she asked him to give her a hug, when he declined she started swearing again.

He eventually got back in the car and they drove off, leaving her sat on the wall.

The trial continues.