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Man jailed for toddler murder

Daniel Rigby, 23, of no fixed abode, has been jailed for life for the murder of two-year old Rio Smedley, the child of his then partner Kirsty Smedley. Ms Smedley was found guilty of allowing his death. She will be sentenced at a later date.

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Judge condemns the 'chilling' murder of boy

Sentencing Rigby, Mr Justice David MacKay told him:

The jury has convicted you of the murder of this little boy. You don't need me to tell you what a terrible crime that was.

You abused that trust by punishing him physically in quite a revolting way.

It's a chilling, terrible picture. He suffered considerably before he died, I am satisfied. He was a vulnerable boy. You abused your trust.

The judge said he did not think Rigby intended to kill Rio but had a "sudden loss of temper" and "set about him, inflicting the fatal blow".

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