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

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