Step mother from hell: How a couple starved six-year-old boy to death

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 4 Dec, 2021 19:10 | 2 mins read
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. PHOTO/COURTESY

The 'lenient' prison sentences handed to the 'monsters' behind the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes are set to be referred to the Attorney General in a bid to see the pair's time behind bars extended. 

Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes were both jailed for more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur, but could face a harsher sentence after Solihull MP Julian Knight warned their case will be passed onto Britain's chief legal advisor.

Tustin was given a life sentence with a minimum of 29 years while Hughes was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years. the minimum term before her case is considered by a parole board is 29 years.

But Mr Knight, speaking as he lay flowers outside the youngster's home in Solihull, West Midlands on Saturday, said he intends to refer Tustin and Hughes' case to the 'unduly lenient sentencing scheme' - meaning the pair's time behind bars could be extended.

It comes as harrowing video footage shows Arthur's evil stepmother devouring a McDonald's takeaway while the doomed six-year-old boy starves in the hallway last summer.

Both Tustin, 32, and Hughes, 29, can be seen tucking into ice creams at her Solihull home in West Midlands in June 2020. As the couple relax on the sofa, Arthur is left to stand by himself in the hallway, wearing a fluffy onesie in sweltering temperatures.

Today, in poignant scenes set to be replicated at football grounds across the country, thousands of supporters marked Arthur's short life with a rousing minute of applause at one top-flight match.

Applause rang out from the capacity crowd at West Ham's London Stadium as fans of the Premier League side and league leaders Chelsea shared a touching tribute in the six-minute of their match. 

Similar shows of respect are expected at the 3pm kickoffs at other Premier League grounds on Saturday, as well as at Coventry, West Brom and other West Midland clubs later today.