Murdered student Libby Squire’s mum says the conviction of her daughter’s killer ‘changes nothing’.
Lisa Squire said the conviction of Pawel Relowicz “changes nothing for us, there is no closure”.
Relowicz was today found guilty of raping and murdering the 21-year-old after targeting her on a night out.
The University of Hull student was “in the best place in her life she had ever been” at the time of her death, according to her parents and her long-term boyfriend.
Speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court today, Libby’s mum said: “As a family, today’s verdict changes nothing for us.
“There is no closure, we don’t get to have Libby back, our lives don’t revert back to normal.
“Libby will always be with us and we are all so proud of our beautiful, caring, wonderful girl and although she has been physically taken from us, the memories we have, and the love we share, will never be taken.”
In her statement to police, Lisa said Libby would joke that she was her favourite child but conceded that they did have a “special bond”.
Mrs Squire said: “We were that in sync with each other I would describe us as being almost as one.”
She described how her daughter was badly affected by a bout of glandular fever when she was about 11 years old and later developed an eating disorder and then depression.
Mrs Squire, who is a neo-natal nurse and has been married to Russ Squire for 23 years, said her daughter self-harmed from the age of 14 and later developed suicidal thoughts.
But she said Libby did not hide anything from her mother and they went through her problems together.
“During this time our bond became even stronger,” she said.
Relowicz is due to be sentenced on Friday.