Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Mother – Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six years old, was killed by his father and his partner, who were both convicted guilty of the crime.
A head injury sustained while in the care of his stepmother caused the boy’s death in June 2020 in Solihull, after being tormented by Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ mother, a university-educated woman, had previously been sentenced to prison for stabbing her own partner to death in a fit of rage fueled by alcohol and drugs.
On Thursday, Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, 29, and stepmother, Emma Tustin, 32, were found guilty of manslaughter and murder, respectively, in the death of their son.
However, during their trial at Coventry Crown Court, it was revealed that the toddler had only been in his father’s care since his birth mother Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow was sentenced to prison for the murder of her boyfriend.
She described the torture of her son Arthur as ‘harrowing and incomparable’ while speaking from her prison cell.
Arthur, who enjoyed reading, football, and dressing up as superheroes, suffered fatal head injuries after months of torture at the hands of Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin. Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin were convicted of his murder.
A year and a half after Labinjo-Halcrow was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the murder of her boyfriend, Gary Cunningham, the youngster was placed in their care.
It was revealed during her trial that the mother’s life had spiralled out of control owing to alcohol consumption.
Following the conviction of Tustin and Hughes, Arthur’s grandmother, Madeleine Halcrow, read a tribute to her grandson on Arthur’s behalf in the press.
It was Olivia’s wish that the documentary would “put the spotlight on Arthur’s life and to honour the lovely little child I knew and adored.”
While she acknowledged that the circumstances of Arthur’s situation were distressing and incomparable, she expressed her desire for people to understand who Arthur was, from his wide smile and personality to his gentle and loving demeanour, in her statement.
Every mother is biassed and believes that her children are the best, and I am no exception.’ From the minute he was born, Arthur had a bright smile on his face and the most curious little mind anyone had ever met.
‘When I think about Arthur’s life and the things he enjoyed, there are three things that constantly come to me.
After poisoning him with salt, Tustin shook him and beat his skull against a hard surface, according to the testimony in court.
Tustin was found guilty of murder at Coventry Crown Court, while Hughes was found guilty of manslaughter at the same court.
In addition, the pair was found guilty on charges of child maltreatment.