‘Lenient’ sentences for stepmum and dad who killed Arthur, 6, to be referred

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Emma Tustin, 32, was told she must serve a minimum of 29 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, while his father Thomas Hughes, was told he must serve a minimum of 21 years for manslaughter

The “lenient” prison sentences handed to the killers of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes are set to be referred to the Attorney General.

Emma Tustin, 32, was told she must serve a minimum of 29 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, while his father Thomas Hughes, was told he must serve a minimum of 21 years for manslaughter.

Solihull MP Julian Knight warned their case will be passed onto the Attorney General as he lay flowers outside Arthur’s home on Saturday, according to reports.

It means there is a chance the pair’s sentence could be extended.

Speaking in Solihull on Saturday, Mr Knight said to the Daily Mail : “There’s a palpable sense of real loss and tragedy over this and also, frankly, a sense of anger, and questions over how this was allowed to happen, how these monsters were allowed to inflict this horrible torture on this young, defenceless boy.

“My view is very simple on this. We need to get to the bottom of how this happened and we need to ensure that those who have failed him are accountable.

“But also I think anyone reflecting on those sentences yesterday thinks that they were too lenient and my intention is to refer this to the unduly lenient sentencing scheme as soon as possible and I will be doing that on Monday morning.”

Arthur was left with an unsurvivable brain injury while in the sole care of “evil” Tustin.

She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, after being convicted of murder by assaulting defenceless Arthur in the hallway of her home in Solihull, on June 16, 2020.

Arthur, whose body was also covered in 130 bruises, died in hospital the next day.

“Manipulative” and “calculating” Tustin was unanimously convicted after an eight-week trial trial, with the boy’s “pitiless” father Hughes found guilty of his manslaughter, after encouraging the killing.

Hughes’ “infatuation” for Tustin had “obliterated” any love for his son, the sentencing judge said.

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