Chilling Moments

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CCTV footage of the moment Libby Squire allegedly got into a man’s car on the night she disappeared has been played in court.

Today Hull Crown Court has been shown extensive footage of the student’s movements on January 31 and February 1, 2019.

One piece of CCTV presented to the court shows Libby getting into a car alongside Pawel Relowicz on the day she disappeared, the prosecution alleges.

Another clip allegedly shows a man masturbating in the street later that day.

Relowicz, 26, of Raglan Street in Hull, is accused of picking up a drunk and distressed Libby in his car following a chance meeting in Beverley Road, before raping and murdering her in Oak Road playing fields.

He denies the charges against him.

In one bit of footage a man the prosecution claims is Relowicz can be seen first standing up in the street and then sitting down on the edge of a car seat.

A cyclist can be seen moving past the car along the road behind it, before a figure can just be made out getting into the car via another door.

The vehicle then drives away at 12.07am on February 1.

Earlier today jurors were shown footage, presented by Det Cons Grandidge, allegedly showing Libby walking along the street near Welly nightclub in the city centre earlier on January 31.

She had been rejected entry to the club for being too drunk.

Further video shows Libby in a taxi which stops at 11.29pm, the jury was told, allowing her to get out and walk unsteadily down the road.

In another clip a woman can be seen falling to the ground close to a bustop.

Dashcam footage from a passing vehicle shows two men get out of a car to help the woman, who is lying on the ground in Haworth Street, but then leave her on a bench after she refused help, the court heard.

The prosecution also showed CCTV footage of a silver Vauxhall Astra parked outside O&E Electrical on Haworth Street at 11.52pm on January 1.

The jurors were told the car did not move from that spot until Libby was inside it.

The court was then shown a series of clips taken between 11.57pm and 12.08am.

One clip shows someone Det Cons Grandidge said was Relowicz getting out of the silver Astra.

The second captures the defendant “stalking” Libby, walking into another road and apparently ignoring her, the prosecution claim.

Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, said in his opening that Relowicz can be seen leaving that road and then “hugging” the walls before emerging from the shadows, darting across the road to intercept Libby as she walks into the grounds of apartment building the Endsleigh Centre.

He is then said to disappear into the grounds of the complex.

At 12.01am, the footage allegedly shows Relowicz and Libby emerging from the Endsleigh Centre grounds.

The prosecution said CCTV footage shows them walking along Beverley Road to the bus stop where Libby can be seen “swaying from side to side.”

Det Cons Grandidge said Relowicz is within touching distance of Libby at this point.

The two then enter Haworth Street, although the CCTV is unable to make either figure out as “it is too dark to see.”

The prosecution then played the footage they claimed shows Libby getting into the Vauxhall Astra.

She was not seen again, the court was told.

DC Grandidge said the man sitting on the car seat is wearing jeans with black bands across the calves that were previously seen worn by Relowicz the same day in clearer video.

CCTV footage then tracks the car as it is driven from Haworth Street to Oak Road Playing Field, where it arrives at 12.11am.

The next time the Vauxhall is seen moving is from the playing fields to a nearby street, where it stops at 12.22am.

Two hours later a figure can be seen in footage walking across that street before the Astra is driven back to Oak Road Playing Field.

Later on it is seen driving away through several streets before stopping in Newland Avenue, which is a five minute drive away according to Google Maps.

CCTV footage shown to the jury appears to show a man with his knees bent, masturbating in the street, Mr Wright said.

The court also heard about when Relowicz was first arrested on February 6, five days after Libby’s disappearance.

PC Trevor Harling has said in a statement that was read to the court: “I was on duty in plain clothes working as part of the proactive team.

“I attended 24 Raglan Street for the arrest of Pawel Relowicz and a female opened the door. I asked if he was in and she said: ‘Yes but I don’t speak very good English.’

“She let us in and a man was there and I asked if he was Pawel Relowicz and if he spoke English and he said ‘yes.’”

PC Harling said he then arrested Relowicz on suspicion of the abduction of Libby.

When asked if Relowicz understood, PC Harling said Relowicz replied: “Yes, but I’m scared.”

Libby’s body was found in the Humber Estuary close to Spurn Point on March 20.