Yvonne Freaney case: Family's 'closure' after verdict

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Yvonne Freaney
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Yvonne Freaney admitted manslaughter but denied murder

The daughter of a woman cleared of murdering her autistic son but who admitted his manslaughter says she will remain supportive of her.

Yvonne Freaney, 49, from Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, will be sentenced on 10 June for the killing of Glen, 11.

Carla Freaney, her eldest child, said she loved her mother and the family now had some closure to the tragedy.

Freaney's estranged husband Mark described Glen as "a wonderful friendly boy" and "very much loved by us all".

"The outcome of the trial, whatever the verdict reached, will not bring Glen back to us," he said after the verdict at Cardiff Crown Court.

"The tragedy of his death still causes us great pain."

Glen Freaney had been a pupil at Ashgrove, a specialist school for children with autistic spectrum disorder.

Pupils and staff were said to be "very saddened" by his death.

In a statement, the school described Glen's death as "tragic", adding that Glen was "well liked and the school was proud of his achievements".

Head teacher Chris Britten said: "Glen's death was a traumatic event for everyone at the school - staff, pupils and parents alike.

"He was a happy, lively and active boy who was well loved by everyone here. He loved art and painting and had won a prize for his work.

"Indeed, one of his paintings has been hung in school in memory of Glen.

"This is a desperately tragic situation and our thoughts are with Glen's family as they once again come to terms with what has happened."

The Vale of Glamorgan Local Safeguarding Children Board is now required to undertake a serious case review into Glen's death.

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Glen, 11, was described by his father Mark as a "wonderfully friendly boy"

Board chair Phil Evans said: "The Board has already started a review of this case, in accordance with the guidance issued by the Welsh Government.

"Serious case reviews play a key role in ensuring that public agencies are accountable for their work in safeguarding children.

"An independent person with appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience, has been appointed to provide a report. A summary will be published as soon as the process is concluded."