Rio Smedley murder trial

Daniel Rigby, 23 and from Tyldesley, Wigan, is accused of murdering two-year-old Rio Smedley. The boy's mother, Kirsty Smedley, 24, is charged with allowing or causing the death of a child. Both deny the charges.

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Rio's family 'hates monster' who killed two-year-old

After Daniel Rigby was convicted of Rio's murder, a police family liaison officer read a statement on behalf of his family

"Today we have got justice for our beautiful son, grandson, brother and nephew Rio.

"We have to live every day without Rio and for the rest of our lives we will never see him grow into a lovely young man.

"No matter how long that monster gets, he will still have a life.

"We wish we could say that we could start to re-build our lives, but the hard work is just beginning.

"I don't like the word hate, but I truly hate that monster for taking our cheeky monkey Rio away from us."

– Detective Constable Pam Chandler, on behalf of Rio Smedley's family

Rio's injuries 'no accident' – prosecutor

“This was a wicked attack against a vulnerable and defenceless child, perpetrated by Daniel Rigby. The injuries suffered by Rio were brutal and could not have been inflicted accidentally, as Rigby had claimed in an attempt to hide what he had done.

“Today, a jury has decided that Rigby caused Rio’s death and that Kirsty Smedley betrayed her responsibility to keep her child safe from Rigby’s violence.”

– Jan Urey, senior crown prosecutor


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