A jury has been sent out again to consider its verdicts in the trial of a 26-year-old butcher accused of the rape and murder of High Wycombe student Libby Squire.

Miss Squire’s body was found by a fishing boat in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks after she went missing on February 1 2019, following a night out in Hull, where she was attending university.

Prosecutors have told Sheffield Crown Court the 21-year-old was murdered by married father-of-two Pawel Relowicz, who picked her up just off Hull’s Beverley Road before driving her to the nearby Oak Road playing fields, where he raped her.

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The prosecution case is that Relowicz, 26, dumped Miss Squire in the River Hull, which runs close by.

The jury of seven women and five men has heard, during three weeks of evidence, how the Hull University philosophy student had been out with friends but was so drunk she was refused entry to a club.

Her friends paid a taxi driver to take her home but, instead of going into her shared student house, Miss Squire wandered in a drunken state – falling over in the snow and refusing offers of help from passers-by until she encountered Relowicz.

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Relowicz told the jury he did not kill Miss Squire and said he had consensual sex with her on Oak Road.

The defendant has admitted a series of what his barrister called “utterly disgusting” sexual offences in the months before that night and he admitted he watched porn and carried out a sex act on himself in the street in the hours after he said he had sex with the student.

Oliver Saxby QC, defending, said there was no evidence that Relowicz had killed her.

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Giving evidence through an interpreter, Polish-born Relowicz told the court he was driving around Hull on the evening of Ms Squire’s disappearance because he was “looking for a woman to have easy sex”.

The defendant – who has convictions for outraging public decency, voyeurism and sexually motivated burglaries – said he parked on Haworth Street with the intention of looking through windows.

He told the court he left Ms Squire on Oak Road to walk home and she was alive.

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A pathologist told the court he could not determine the cause of Ms Squire’s death due to the amount of time she had been in the water.

The judge, Mrs Justice Lambert, sent the jury out for its second day of deliberations on Friday morning.

Relowicz, of Raglan Street, Hull, denies murder and rape.