The grieving mum of a student who was raped and murdered says she is "haunted" by the fact her daughter was flashed just weeks before she died – but didn’t report it to the police.
Libby Squires' mum Lisa fears the same man, on January 31, 2019, went on to rape and murder her daughter after she was refused entry to a Hull nightclub, before dumping her in the river.
The student's body was recovered from the Humber Estuary seven weeks after she disappeared while on that fateful night out with friends.
Lisa, a nurse, now wants to stop twisted killers like Pawel Relowicz from torturing other families and is urging everyone to report all non-contact or "minor" sex offences, such as flashing, The Mirror reports.
Lisa, 51, said: "I know Libby was flashed at, a few weeks or months before she died. It happened after a night out around November time. I’m not sure exactly when.
"She told him to 'p**s off' basically, and berated him.
"I said to her 'you should really report it' and she said, 'Oh mum, I gave him a mouthful and told him what a pathetic human being he was'. But she didn’t report it.
"And that absolutely haunts me now because likely or not that was him."
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The mum, a maternity nursery nurse, recently had a chat with her daughter Beth, 19, who is due to go to university this September about the importance of reporting these crimes.
Lisa says many women fail to report such crimes, even her.
"I was speaking to my girlfriends and out of a massive group of us we’ve all been flashed at," she said.
Lisa wants to see early intervention alongside older children being schooled on the subject.
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Speaking from her home in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, five months after Libby’s killer Pawel Relowicz was jailed for 27 years for murder and rape, she told how she still refuses to let him into her head.
"I’ve got three children, a husband, and a crazy dog to look after and I can’t be sat there wallowing in anger because it will destroy me and it won’t bring Libby back," she explained.
"My family liaison officers, who are amazing, warned me that he would say in court how Libby was asking and crying for her mum before she died.
"So I had been prepared for that.
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"But when he was giving evidence he looked directly at me as he said Libby was 'crying for her mum'.
"That was the most disturbing bit. He was trying to get a reaction, being hateful and spiteful.
"I thought 'you piece of s***' but I just thought; 'right I’ve got to turn this around in my head'.
"So I thought; 'Good, the last person she would have thought of would have been me!' Thank you for telling me that!
"I refused to let him take any more away from me."
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She describes what happened to Libby "as an absolute freak of nature".
Lisa says she refuses to let their devastating loss stop her three other children Joe, 13, Maisy, 15, and Beth, 19, having their freedom.
Now Lisa is determined to see society wake up to the danger of so-called "low-level" sex offenders.
"Libby’s death can’t be in vain, I don’t want her to have died for no reason.
"Girls, women, and men need to report any non-contact sexual offence because police cannot get these people off the streets if they don’t know about it.
"And if you are fobbed off by a police officer, phone another one.
"You have to make a fuss. Tell them, 'I don’t want there to be another Libby Squire or Sarah Everard in six months' time'.
"Because there will be another one if we don’t do something."
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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