Mother of murdered student Libby Squire calls for tougher action against drink spiking and believes that BOTH of her daughters may have been targeted while at university
The mother of murdered student Libby Squire called for tougher action to combat cases of drink spiking as she revealed that her belief that both of her daughters were targeted.
Lisa Squire, 51, spoke out amid a spate of recent reports of drink spiking as police figures confirmed there have been almost 200 confirmed cases in September and October alone, with 24 reports of ‘spiking injection’.
Her eldest daughter Libby, who was a student at the University of Hull, was raped and murdered by Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz during a night out in 2019.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ms Squire said she believed Libby’s drink was spiked a year and a half before she died.
She said: ‘She’d been out partying and she fell off a flight of stairs or something. I said to her, “How much had you drunk?” and she said, “Not that much, but I feel terrible, I’ve got a headache, I don’t really remember what happened. I feel like I’ve got this massive fog over me”.
‘I said to her, “It sounds to me like you’ve been spiked.” The after-effects were different from her normal post-alcohol evenings.’
The mother of murdered student Libby Squire called for tougher action to combat cases of drink spiking as she revealed that her belief that both of her daughters were targeted
The mother also revealed her fears that her youngest daughter Beth, who recently started a university degree, may also have been targeted.
She added that the spate of spiking cases are ‘another safety issue’ and suggested the police should be doing more by asking: why should we put the onus on the women to keep themselves safe?’
When Libby missing, it was initially feared that her drink may have been spiked, but subsequent toxicology reports found no signs of drugs.
Married father-of-two Pawel Relowicz dumped Libby’s body in the River Hull after raping her on a playing field in the early hours of February 1 2019.
The 26-year-old Polish butcher was convicted of raping and murdering the 21-year-old when he chanced upon her after she had been out with friends.
Ms Squire previously spoke out last month when she said ‘we can’t accept our girls being murdered on the streets’ following the death of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.
Lisa Squire, 51, spoke out amid a spate of recent reports of drink spiking as police figures confirmed there have been almost 200 confirmed cases in September and October alone, with 24 reports of ‘spiking injection’
‘The only way to stop this is to look out for one another – to teach our children, our sons, how to look out for their sisters and girlfriends,’ she said.
‘I can’t believe that now another family is going through the unbelievable pain we are all still living with.
‘We can’t accept our girls being murdered on the streets. We can’t accept it, because it is simply -unacceptable. Something has to -happen, or it will be another month and another girl will be dead,’ she added to The Sun.
To combat the cases of drink spiking, nightclubs around the country have introduced covers for beverages and thousands of campaigners have boycotted venues.
Libby, was a student at the University of Hull when she was raped and murdered by Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz during a night out in 2019
It comes as the Girls Night In movement saw women and men avoid going out to bars and clubs on Wednesday night in Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol as they demanded better safety measures for customers.
Dozens of local Instagram pages have been created to spread the news of the Girls Night In campaign, where women from various university cities will stay in, ‘spreading awareness and challenging clubs’ to keep people safe.
It comes after hundreds of cases, including drink spiking and injections, were reported in recent months.
Petra Mirosevic-Sorgo, who runs the @girlsnightinloughborough Instagram account with two other students at Loughborough University, said her own experiences of spiking made her want to ‘make sure that (others) feel safe’.
‘I woke up and I was so distraught… I just remember running out to the hospital lobby crying,’ the 21-year-old recalled.