Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ step-siblings 'lived happy normal life' in same household ‒ judge

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ step-siblings 'lived happy normal life' in same household ‒ judge

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12/8/2021 10:05:00 AM

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ step-siblings 'lived happy normal life' in same household ‒ judge

ARTHUR LABINJO-HUGHES' step-siblings 'lived a happy, normal life' in the same household while he was subject to 'appalling cruelty', according to the judge who sentenced his murderer.

Last week,, 32, was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years for his murder and torture.His father, Thomas Hughes, was convicted of Arthur's manslaughter.In Tustin’s sentencing, Justice Mark Wall QC told Coventry Crown Court the case was"one of the most distressing and disturbing" he had ever dealt with.

He said neither defendant had shown any remorse and their behaviour had been"spiteful and sadistic".Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: The six-year-old's step-siblings lived a 'happy normal life'(Image: PA)Football: Arthur loved football and Birmingham City

(Image: GETTY)One of the most"shocking" aspects of his sentencing came as he discussed Tustin's own children.He noted how Tustin gave “copious amounts of love” to her own children and how they lived a “happy” childhood.Justice Wall said:"This is not a case in which you were inadequate people, incapable of caring properly for children.

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"Hughes, you apparently cared properly for Arthur before you became infatuated with Tustin to the extent that it obliterated all love for your son."You, Tustin, gave copious amounts of love to your own two children right up until the day of your arrest.

"It is a shocking feature of this case that your children, Tustin, lived a perfectly happy normal life in that household while this appalling cruelty to Arthur was taking place."This cruel andof Arthur was a deliberate decision by both of you to brush off his cries for help and treat them as naughtiness because it suited you not to spend time caring for him in the way he needed."

JUST IN: Trial: Arthur's grandfather has said he hopes the couple 'must never see the light of day again'(Image: PA)TrendingThe court learned about several more terrible, horrifying accounts of Arthur's tormented life.The court heard how Tustin and Hughes left Arthur standing"for hours" in a hallway wearing a"thick onesie" while Hughes walked past his son with ice creams for himself and Tustin, but not Arthur.

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Justice Wall said:"They are but examples of how you relished in making him suffer."Tustin delivered a fatal head injury to Arthur at her home in Solihull, West Midlands, during lockdown last year.Justice Walls said the act resulted in forces on his body which"might otherwise have been produced by a high-speed road traffic collision."

As he lay fatally injured, Tustin sent a photo of him to Hughes.Education Secretarysaid that a national investigation into his death will begin next week.

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