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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Father, girlfriend sentenced for life for the murder of the six-year-old son

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Father, girlfriend sentenced for life for the murder of the six-year-old son. 

A father has been sentenced to 21 years for killing his son, who was just six years old. 

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and his companion were sentenced to life in prison after subjecting the child to years of physical abuse.

Arthur’s father, who is 29 years old, Thomas Hughes, must serve a minimum 21 years for the murder of his son after he was diagnosed with an “unsurvivable brain injury” on the 16th of June 2020.

Judge Wall declared that Hughes intentionally “researched the pressure point” to inflict “maximum suffering” upon his infant son Arthur.

Emma Tustin, 32, brought before Coventry Crown Court, “refused to appear” in the courtroom for all of the sentences. And is guilty of killing the defenseless child victimized by an assault campaign in “evil” abuse.

Addressing both, judge Wall stated: “I have no doubt Arthur was frequently beat by both of you as each of you was aware of what was going on with the other.”

Judge Wall declared that she has to spend a minimum time in prison for at least 29 years before she can challenge her verdict for the act of poisoning, starving, and killing her stepson, who was six years old.

He advised Tustin that she could be forced to spend the rest of her life in prison if she’s refused parole.

Judge Wall stressed that Arthur was “vulnerable” when the judge ordered him to Tustin’s residence following the lockdown announcement.

Tustin was the one to carry out the fatal assault while under her sole custody Arthur and her family at their home on Cranmore Road. 

According to the court, Solihull and violently shook the victim and repeatedly banged his head, likely against the Wall of the hallway or the floor.

Then she took a picture of the unconscious child on her mobile phone as he lay dying in her hallway and then sent the photo to Hughes.

Tustin later took 12 minutes to dial for 999 rather than calling Hughes and later telling medical staff and police Arthur “fell and slammed the head.”

She claimed in court that she believed he threw himself off the stairs, even though evidence showed he was so that starving he could not stand.

After his death, Arthur was discovered to have 130 injuries across his body. He had been assaulted, kicked, hit, or punched “over repeatedly.”

He died from severe brain damage due to the “shaking head injury,” and a postmortem examination confirmed that his death resulted from the head injury.

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