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Mum of boy, 6, killed by his dad and stepmum pays touching tribute from jail

Mum of boy, 6, killed by his dad and stepmum pays touching tribute from jail

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ mum Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, who’s serving a jail time period for killing her boyfriend, described her six-year-old son as “the light of my life” and “best friend”

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ step-mum lies about his demise to police

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s mum and gran have paid heartbreaking tributes to the football-mad teenager who was killed by his dad and stepmum.

Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, who’s serving a jail time period for killing her boyfriend, described her son as “the light of my life” and “best friend”.

In an announcement from her jail cell she wrote: “The details of Arthur’s case are harrowing and incomparable.

“From the moment Arthur was born he filled my life with joy. He was always smiling and had the most inquisitive little mind.

“Arthur was the light of my life. He wasn’t just my only child, he was my best friend.

“Never did I imagine he would be taken from this world so early in his life.

“If Arthur could ask for one final thing it would be that he is remembered for his superpower.

“That will always be what I remember him for. Arthur’s superpower was his smile.”

The “wicked” stepmother and “pitiless” father who killed six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes might be sentenced at Coventry Crown Court on Friday.

Emma Tustin, 32, was convicted on Thursday of murdering the defenceless boy who had been subjected to a marketing campaign of “evil” abuse.

Emma Tustin, 32, might be sentenced for homicide



Thomas Hughes, 29, was convicted of manslaughter



Her accomplice and Arthur’s father, 29-year-old Thomas Hughes, was discovered responsible of manslaughter, after his son suffered an “unsurvivable brain injury” on June 16, 2020.

Tustin carried out the deadly assault whereas within the sole care of Arthur at her house in Cranmore Road, Solihull, violently shaking him and repeatedly banging his head, probably in opposition to the hallway wall.

She then callously took {a photograph} of the unconscious teenager on her mobile phone, whereas he lay dying in her corridor, then sending the picture to Hughes.

Tustin then took 12 minutes to name 999, as an alternative first ringing Hughes, earlier than mendacity to medics and later police that Arthur “fell and banged his head”.

She claimed at trial he will need to have thrown himself down the steps, regardless of proof he was so starved he might barely stand.

Arthur’s organic mum Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow paid tribute to him


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Hughes, of Stroud Road, Solihull, was convicted of manslaughter after encouraging the killing by his actions, together with sending a textual content message to Tustin 18 hours earlier than the deadly assault telling her “just end him”.

In courtroom, the pair had been described by prosecutors as “utterly ruthless, unthinking and pitiless”.

After his demise, Arthur was discovered to have 130 accidents throughout his physique, after being hit, slapped, kicked, punched and crushed, “over and over”.

Tustin admitted two different counts of kid cruelty, by wilfully assaulting the boy and isolating him within the house by making him stand as much as 14 hours a day within the hallway with jurors convicting Hughes on each these counts.

Speaking after the verdicts, Arthur’s gran Madeleine Halcrow stated: “Arthur was my sunny delight. He was always happy, smiling, loving, caring.”

Grandmother Madeleine Halcrow reads a tribute from Arthur’s mum

She accused Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin of getting a “perverse” pleasure out of torturing him.

Madeleine, a nurse from Birmingham, described them as “cold, calculating, systematic torturers of a defenceless little boy”.

She added: “They’re wicked, evil, especially doing that to your own child, who you’ve got a duty of care to protect.

“I think they enjoyed what they did, they must have got a perverse kick out of it.

“I was absolutely heart-broken watching the clips. It’s unfathomable, it really is.

“I was inconsolable, to see a child that ill and what they were doing to him, tormenting him, abusing him.

“If you see a parent hitting a child in the street, you would go across and say, ‘What do you think you are doing?’

“You wouldn’t do it systematically to your own child.

Recalling Arthur’s death, Madeleine said: “I got a phone call from Tom’s eldest brother to say he was at the Children’s Hospital.

“I went into intensive care and … saw Arthur. I knew at the time he’d sustained a massive head injury.

“I could see the tubes coming out of his brain, so I spoke to the consultant and asked if he’d got a shunt put in.

“They said, ‘Yes, he’s got three shunts but the pressure is still rising.’

I knew then that Arthur wasn’t going to make it.”


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