Evil stepmum Emma Tustin’s cellmate said she only shed tears for herself

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Evil stepmum Emma Tustin has shown no remorse for the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, and only shed a tear when her boyfriend ignored her in court.

The 32-year-old mum was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years behind bars on December 3, for the murder of the little boy.

Tustin only cried for herself when Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, who was given 21 years for manslaughter and child cruelty, ignored her during the court hearing.

According to Hull Live, she had even made attempts to hide her heinous crimes from her fellow inmates.

Tustin’s behaviour, while she was held on remand, was revealed by her former cellmate Elaine Pritchard in an interview with The Mirror.



Emma Tustin attempted to hide what she did to six-year-old Arthur
Emma Tustin attempted to hide what she did to six-year-old Arthur

Elaine spent six weeks in a cell with Tustin, and claimed the mum said she was on remand because Hughes has “neglected” his son.

She added: “Emma hadn’t said anything about Arthur dying. She never mentioned him.

“She always felt sorry for herself. One day she came back from a plea hearing and was upset, so I asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ “She said, ‘He didn’t look at me, Tom never looked at me’.

“That was the only time I saw her upset about anything.”

Elaine claimed the mum of four threatened her own mother, ordering her to retract statements about Arthur or she wouldn’t see her grandchildren again.

Elaine only discovered the truth about the charges Tustin was facing when she found and read her case paperwork.



Thomas Hughes
Thomas Hughes has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter

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She said: “We had a fight – it was me more than her. I got angry because I’d read about how he [Arthur] had 130 bruises and I asked how she wouldn’t notice when she gave him a bath.

“She said she just used to give him a towel.

“I pressed the bell and said if the prison officers didn’t get her out then I’d be staying there a long time.”

Tustin was moved to a different cell but after inmates learned how Tustin poisoned Arthur with salt, they laced her meals with it.

She said: “Some of the things we did were cruel – but she was crueller to Arthur so she deserved it.”

Elaine, who was not paid for her interview, gave evidence at Tustin’s trial.



Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
An inquiry has been launched to look at the failings involved with the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

As well as details of devastating violence inflicted on Arthur, Coventry Crown Court heard Tustin and Hughes imprisoned him for 14 hours a day in a hall at her home in Solihull, West Mids.

He was also denied food. Sickening footage showed the couple eating ice cream while the little boy starved.

Watchdogs are now investigating after jurors heard Arthur’s family had raised concerns with social services and police.

And the Attorney General’s Office tonight confirmed the evil couple’s sentences will be reviewed to “determine whether they were too low”.

Local MP Julian Knight vowed to refer the case to the Unduly Lenient Sentencing scheme.