A serial sex offender who raped and murdered a student before dumping her body in a river has been jailed for at least 27 years.
Pawel Relowicz, 26, prowled the streets of Hull before attacking “vulnerable” 21-year-old Libby Squire.
During sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court, Ms Squire’s parent’s Lisa and Russ gave emotional statements about the loss of their daughter.
Mrs Justice Lambert praised their “quiet dignity” through the trial.
She said the family had suffered “unimaginable loss” and spoke of the “anguish” that Relowicz had condemned them to for the rest of their lives.
Addressing the court, Lisa Squire said no words could “explain the torture of living without my Libby”.
“Not only have I lost my first-born child with whom I had an amazing bond, but I’ve also lost the possibility of being a grandmother to her children,” she said.
“Knowing that in Libby’s last hour of life she wanted me and needed me but I wasn’t there for her will haunt me for the rest of my life.
“Because of what happened that night to Libby, I now live in two worlds – one where I’m a mother, wife and employee, but then there is a dark and lonely world.
“In this world I long to die so I can be with my girl one more time.”
Relowicz’s trial heard University of Hull philosophy student Ms Squire had been turned away from a nightclub when he “intercepted” her.
He drove her to Oak Road playing fields, where he attacked her before putting her in the River Hull on 1 February 2019.
The Polish national, who had a string of previous convictions for sexual offences, repeatedly lied about what happened on the night of Ms Squire’s disappearance.
Mrs Justice Lambert, sentencing, told him Ms Squire “did not stand a chance” from the moment he intercepted her.
He showed no emotion as the judge handed down the sentence, which included an 18-year concurrent sentence for rape.