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The devastated grandfather of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Peter Halcrow (above), 61, of Dunkeld, Perthshire, said Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have 'forfeited their right to live'

The devastated grandfather of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Peter Halcrow (above), 61, of Dunkeld, Perthshire, said Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have 'forfeited their right to live'

The devastated grandfather of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Peter Halcrow (above), 61, of Dunkeld, Perthshire, said Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have ‘forfeited their right to live’

The devastated grandfather of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has said ‘no punishment could be enough’ for the youngster’s evil killers as he reconsiders his opposition to the death penalty.

Peter Halcrow, 61, of Dunkeld, Perthshire, said Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have ‘forfeited their right to live’ and should ‘never see the light of day again’ following his beloved grandsons horrific death. 

Tustin, 32, was jailed for life at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, with a minimum term of 29 years, after being found guilty of his murder, while his father, Thomas Hughes, 29, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter. 

He said: ‘They must never see the light of day again. No punishment could ever be enough for this pair.’

‘I have never favoured the death penalty because I know mistakes can be made by courts, but in my view they have forfeited their right to live’, he told The Sun

‘It will burden taxpayers but, as we don’t have capital punishment, they should certainly never leave prison as long as they live for such cruelty and inhumanity.’

The youngster’s grandfather, who runs a cafe, said he was ‘shocked and mystified’ that Tustin and Thomas were able to get away with their evil abuse without an urgent safeguarding concern being raised by social workers. 

Peter is the father of Arthur’s biological mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 29, who killed her partner Gary Cunningham by stabbing him 12 times with a kitchen knife in a drunken rage in February 2019.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a wide-ranging inquiry into the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (pictured) in an attempt to avert another such tragedy

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a wide-ranging inquiry into the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (pictured) in an attempt to avert another such tragedy

Peter (pictured) also said he was 'shocked' social services did not raise safeguarding concerns

Peter (pictured) also said he was 'shocked' social services did not raise safeguarding concerns

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a wide-ranging inquiry into the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (pictured) in an attempt to avert another such tragedy

She was found guilty of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court in July 2021 and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. 

This news comes as the government announced a major review into the circumstances which led to the murder of six-year-old Arthur.

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with Arthur in the months before he was murdered by stepmother Emma Tustin at their home in Solihull.

The National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel will lead the review and will provide additional support to Solihull Children’s Safeguarding Partnership to ‘upgrade’ the already existing local review which was launched shortly after Arthur’s death in June 2020.

Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (above) was subjected to a campaign of horrendous abuse that saw him tortured, starved and beaten in one of the most grim instances of child abuse in history

Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (above) was subjected to a campaign of horrendous abuse that saw him tortured, starved and beaten in one of the most grim instances of child abuse in history

Attorney General Suella Braverman QC (pictured) will review the sentences handed to monstrous couple Emma Tustin, 32, and Thomas Hughes, 29, who were both jailed for more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur at Coventry Crown Court

Attorney General Suella Braverman QC (pictured) will review the sentences handed to monstrous couple Emma Tustin, 32, and Thomas Hughes, 29, who were both jailed for more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur at Coventry Crown Court

Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (left) was subjected to a campaign of horrendous abuse that saw him tortured, starved and beaten in one of the most grim instances of child abuse in history. Attorney General Suella Braverman QC (pictured right) will review the sentences handed to Emma Tustin, 32, and Thomas Hughes, 29, who were both jailed for more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur at Coventry Crown Court

Ex-children’s minister: ‘We have a duty to put this right’ after Arthur’s murder 

The murder of a six-year-old boy by his stepmother should prompt change around social care, a former children’s minister has suggested.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was left with an unsurvivable brain injury while in the sole care of 32-year-old Emma Tustin, who was on Friday jailed for life after being convicted of murder by assaulting the defenceless child in Solihull on June 16, 2020.

Ex-children’s minister Tim Loughton said ‘we’ all have a ‘duty’ to make sure other vulnerable children are not let down by social care in the same way as Arthur, whose body was found to be covered in 130 bruises following his death.

‘Funding for children’s social care has lagged behind and social workers are overstretched and undervalued, when in truth they should be revered as our fourth emergency service,’ the Tory MP wrote in The Sun.

‘Early interventions to stop the causes of safeguarding problems have been diluted to late interventions to firefight symptoms.

‘This is a false economy where in this case a child paid with his life. We all have an interest in putting this right urgently and a duty to make sure it is.’

Solihull’s Local Child Safeguarding Partnership launched an independent review after it emerged in court that the boy had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, but they concluded there were ‘no safeguarding concerns’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said ministers will leave ‘absolutely no stone unturned’ to establish what went wrong in the ‘appalling’ case.

Speaking during a by-election campaign visit in north Shropshire, Mr Johnson said: ‘It is early days, but I can tell you this, we will leave absolutely no stone unturned to find out exactly what went wrong in that appalling case.’

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said he would be making a statement on the case to Parliament on Monday.

Tustin’s life sentence delivered on Friday carries a minimum term of 29 years, while Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter.

 

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The action comes after it emerged in court the boy had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, but they concluded there were ‘no safeguarding concerns’.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: ‘Arthur’s murder has shocked and appalled the nation.

‘I am deeply distressed by this awful case and the senseless pain inflicted on this poor boy, who has been robbed of the chance to live his life.

‘I have taken immediate action and asked for a joint inspection to consider where improvements are needed by all the agencies tasked with protecting children in Solihull, so that we can be assured that we are doing everything in our power to protect other children and prevent such evil crimes.

‘Given the enormity of this case, the range of agencies involved and the potential for its implications to be felt nationally, I have also asked Annie Hudson, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, to work with leaders in Solihull to deliver a single, national review of Arthur’s death to identify where we must learn from this terrible case.

‘We are determined to protect children from harm and where concerns are raised we will not hesitate to take urgent and robust action. We will not rest until we have the answers we need.’

A targeted area inspection will be also commissioned and led jointly by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and HM Inspectorate of Probation.

It will consider what improvements are needed by all agencies who protect vulnerable children in Solihull, including how they work together.

Asked about the review on Sky, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘The Prime Minister made clear that we want to see how social services liaise with the criminal justice agencies, and what lessons we can learn.’

‘It is right that we look at the criminal justice end and in between that I think the job of social workers, particularly those looking at children at particular risk, we need to learn the lessons.’

He added: ‘I do think we have got to make sure a more precautionary approach which looks at the risk to those particularly vulnerable young children and see what more we can do to read those early signs earlier and better.’

Speaking on Friday during a campaign visit in Shropshire, the Prime Minister vowed to leave ‘absolutely no stone unturned’ to establish what went wrong.

He said it was essential to learn lessons and to work out what else could have been done to protect the child. Mr Zahawi is due to make a Commons statement on the case on Monday.

On Saturday, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed Tustin and Hughes’ sentences are to be reviewed.

The AGO has 28 days from the date of sentence to review a case, assess whether it falls under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme, and make a decision as to whether to refer a sentence to the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal then makes a ruling on cases which have been referred. A spokesman for the AGO said: ‘The Attorney General’s thoughts are with those who loved Arthur.

‘I can confirm that the sentences given to Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have been referred to the Attorney General for review to determine whether they were too low.’

Vile couple who killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes are pictured relaxing in garden hot tub weeks before his awful death

by ANDY DOLAN for the Daily Mail

Posing in a hot tub without a care in the world – evil Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes relax in the garden just weeks before killing Arthur.

The couple bought the tub to enjoy the spring 2020 heatwave – while the six-year-old boy was forced to stand for hours in their sweltering hallway wearing a heavy, fluffy onesie.

The picture was posted on Instagram by Tustin six weeks before she murdered Arthur in the culmination of what a judge described as the lovers’ campaign of ‘cruel and inhuman’ abuse.

Her social media showed their self-indulgent garden lifestyle during the first Covid lockdown while Arthur was confined to the ‘thinking step’ in the hall. 

The couple bought the tub to enjoy the spring 2020 heatwave – while the six-year-old boy was forced to stand for hours in their sweltering hallway wearing a heavy, fluffy onesie

The couple bought the tub to enjoy the spring 2020 heatwave – while the six-year-old boy was forced to stand for hours in their sweltering hallway wearing a heavy, fluffy onesie

The couple bought the tub to enjoy the spring 2020 heatwave – while the six-year-old boy was forced to stand for hours in their sweltering hallway wearing a heavy, fluffy onesie

The couple erected a netted gazebo around the tub to shield them from the bazing sun and installed a £350 double hanging chair to snuggle up on. 

Less than a month before killing Arthur, Tustin boasted online about buying herself Nike Air trainers and a games console as an early birthday ‘treat’.

Fresh details of Tustin and Hughes’ lifestyle as they abused Arthur, pictured, emerged yesterday after Tustin’s former cellmate told how she never said a word about the dead boy while she awaited trial. 

Elaine Pritchard, who spent six weeks locked up with Tustin at Eastwood Park Prison in Gloucestershire, said the only time she shed a tear while on remand was for herself – after Hughes ignored her at a court hearing.

Miss Pritchard told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Emma hadn’t said anything about Arthur dying. She never mentioned him.’ Instead, Tustin told inmates she was being held in prison because Hughes had ‘neglected’ his son.

Less than a month before killing Arthur, Tustin boasted online about buying herself Nike Air trainers and a games console as an early birthday ‘treat’

Less than a month before killing Arthur, Tustin boasted online about buying herself Nike Air trainers and a games console as an early birthday ‘treat’

Less than a month before killing Arthur, Tustin boasted online about buying herself Nike Air trainers and a games console as an early birthday ‘treat’

People are seen at a vigil paying tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull

People are seen at a vigil paying tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull

People are seen at a vigil paying tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin’s former address in Solihull

Vigil for Arthur on road where he was murdered by evil step-mother: Six-year-old’s tearful grandmother and hundreds of neighbours pay tribute – as tragic boy’s uncle releases video of him dreaming about becoming a footballer

by JAMES GANT for MailOnline

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ devastated family, friends and neighbours gathered near the tragic six-year-old’s home for a heartbreaking vigil yesterday.

The murdered youngster’s grandmother was among those who burst into tears as they paid tribute to him down the road from where his sick stepmother and father killed him in Solihull, West Midlands.

Mourners laid flowers, teddies and emotional messages as well as let off balloons as they remembered the boy’s short life.

The harrowing scenes come as Arthur’s uncle released a new video of the child where he talked about how he dreamt of becoming a professional footballer.

Daniel Hughes, the boy’s father’s brother, said he wanted his nephew to be remembered like this – talking about playing for Liverpool, Tottenham and England.

Meanwhile the government confirmed it would launch major review into the circumstances which led to Arthur’s death.

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months before he was murdered.

The Children’s Commissioner for England also said today the voices of children ‘must’ be listened to when asked about the boy’s killing.

Dame Rachel de Souza said more must be done to support social workers to spot similar cases, but the coronavirus lockdown has ‘weakened’ the system.

Tustin, 32, was jailed for life at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, with a minimum term of 29 years, after being found guilty of his murder, while his father, Thomas Hughes, 29, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' devastated family, friends and neighbours gathered near the tragic six-year-old's home for a heartbreaking vigil

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' devastated family, friends and neighbours gathered near the tragic six-year-old's home for a heartbreaking vigil

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ devastated family, friends and neighbours gathered near the tragic six-year-old’s home for a heartbreaking vigil

The murdered youngster's grandmother was among those who burst into tears as they paid tribute to him doown the road from where his sick stepmother and father killed him in Solihull, West Midlands

The murdered youngster's grandmother was among those who burst into tears as they paid tribute to him doown the road from where his sick stepmother and father killed him in Solihull, West Midlands

The murdered youngster’s grandmother was among those who burst into tears as they paid tribute to him doown the road from where his sick stepmother and father killed him in Solihull, West Midlands

Mourners laid flowers, teddies and emotional messages as well as letting off balloons as they remembered the boy's short life

Mourners laid flowers, teddies and emotional messages as well as letting off balloons as they remembered the boy's short life

Mourners laid flowers, teddies and emotional messages as well as letting off balloons as they remembered the boy’s short life

The harrowing scenes came after the government confirmed it would launch major review into the circumstances which led to Arthur's death

The harrowing scenes came after the government confirmed it would launch major review into the circumstances which led to Arthur's death

The harrowing scenes came after the government confirmed it would launch major review into the circumstances which led to Arthur’s death

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months before he was murdered by Emma Tustin at their home in Solihull. Pictured: Tributes today

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months before he was murdered by Emma Tustin at their home in Solihull. Pictured: Tributes today

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months before he was murdered by Emma Tustin at their home in Solihull. Pictured: Tributes today

People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull, West Midlands

People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull, West Midlands

People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin’s former address in Solihull, West Midlands

The family were today joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

The family were today joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

The family were today joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

Emma Tustin, 32

Emma Tustin, 32

Thomas Hughes, 29

Thomas Hughes, 29

Emma Tustin, 32, (left) killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and 29-year-old Thomas Hughes starved the youngster and poisoned him with salt

Arthur’s grandmother Madeleine Halcrow, wearing a top with his face on it, broke down in tears at the vigil for the youngster, removing her glasses and moping down her eyes.

She had just hugged a younger man and a women with him who were both also crying as they paid tribute to the tragic boy.

They were joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours releasing balloons in the street in his memory.

Some were shaped like footballs, others were hearts and most were blue in the colour of the Birmingham City fan’s team kit.

Stacks of flowers and teddies were also laid down on a bank near the house, while some penned personal messages of love to Arthur. Residents could be heard saying ‘bye Arthur’ and ‘fly high always’.  

The words ‘You are loved Arthur’ were put on the boarded-up window of the house. A Birmingham City flag was also placed at the scene, along with a picture of Arthur.

Football also continued to send its support to him, with Norwich City versus Tottenham showing a picture of him and the text ‘you are loved’ on the big screen during their match in London.

Arthur's grandmother broke down in tears at a vigil for the youngster this afternoon, removing her glasses and moping down her eyes. She had just hugged a younger man and a women with him who were both also crying as they paid tribute to the tragic boy

Arthur's grandmother broke down in tears at a vigil for the youngster this afternoon, removing her glasses and moping down her eyes. She had just hugged a younger man and a women with him who were both also crying as they paid tribute to the tragic boy

Arthur’s grandmother broke down in tears at a vigil for the youngster this afternoon, removing her glasses and moping down her eyes. She had just hugged a younger man and a women with him who were both also crying as they paid tribute to the tragic boy

They were joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

They were joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

They were joined by a huge crowd which gathered to pay respect to him, with friends and neighbours letting off balloons in the street in his memory

Stacks of flowers and teddies were also laid down on a bank near the house, while some penned personal messages of love to Arthur

Stacks of flowers and teddies were also laid down on a bank near the house, while some penned personal messages of love to Arthur

Stacks of flowers and teddies were also laid down on a bank near the house, while some penned personal messages of love to Arthur

Some were shaped like footballs, others were hearts and most were blue in the colour of the Birmingham City fan's team kit

Some were shaped like footballs, others were hearts and most were blue in the colour of the Birmingham City fan's team kit

Some were shaped like footballs, others were hearts and most were blue in the colour of the Birmingham City fan’s team kit

Flowers at a tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull, West Midlands, today

Flowers at a tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull, West Midlands, today

Flowers at a tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin’s former address in Solihull, West Midlands, today

Crowds filled the street as friends, family, neighbours and strangers turned up to pay their tributes to the tragic six-year-old

Crowds filled the street as friends, family, neighbours and strangers turned up to pay their tributes to the tragic six-year-old

Crowds filled the street as friends, family, neighbours and strangers turned up to pay their tributes to the tragic six-year-old

Meanwhile Arthur’s uncle released new footage of the youngster talking about becoming a professional footballer.

Daniel Hughes shared the video with the caption: ‘Remember him like this please.’

The youngster said in the short clip he would play for England ‘after when I’ve played for Liverpool, I’m going to play for Tottenham’.

The Government today announced a major review into the circumstances which led to the murder of six-year-old Arthur.

It aims to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with Arthur in the months before he was murdered by stepmother Emma Tustin at their home in Solihull.

The National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel will lead the review and will provide additional support to Solihull Children’s Safeguarding Partnership to ‘upgrade’ the already existing local review which was launched shortly after Arthur’s death in June 2020.

The action comes after it emerged in court the boy had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, but they concluded there were ‘no safeguarding concerns’.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: ‘Arthur’s murder has shocked and appalled the nation.

‘I am deeply distressed by this awful case and the senseless pain inflicted on this poor boy, who has been robbed of the chance to live his life.

‘I have taken immediate action and asked for a joint inspection to consider where improvements are needed by all the agencies tasked with protecting children in Solihull, so that we can be assured that we are doing everything in our power to protect other children and prevent such evil crimes.

‘Given the enormity of this case, the range of agencies involved and the potential for its implications to be felt nationally, I have also asked Annie Hudson, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, to work with leaders in Solihull to deliver a single, national review of Arthur’s death to identify where we must learn from this terrible case.

‘We are determined to protect children from harm and where concerns are raised we will not hesitate to take urgent and robust action. We will not rest until we have the answers we need.’

Football also continued to send its support to him, with Norwich City versus Tottenham showing a picture of him and the text 'you are loved' on the big screen during their match in London

Football also continued to send its support to him, with Norwich City versus Tottenham showing a picture of him and the text 'you are loved' on the big screen during their match in London

Football also continued to send its support to him, with Norwich City versus Tottenham showing a picture of him and the text ‘you are loved’ on the big screen during their match in London

Leeds United versus Brentford at Elland Road in Leeds as put up an image of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes on a big screen during a minute's applause in his memory

Leeds United versus Brentford at Elland Road in Leeds as put up an image of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes on a big screen during a minute's applause in his memory

Leeds United versus Brentford at Elland Road in Leeds as put up an image of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes on a big screen during a minute’s applause in his memory

Fans hold a minutes applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brentford

Fans hold a minutes applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brentford

Fans hold a minutes applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brentford

Players stop to clap during a minute's applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London

Players stop to clap during a minute's applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London

Players stop to clap during a minute’s applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill (left) claps during a minute's applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London versus QPR

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill (left) claps during a minute's applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London versus QPR

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill (left) claps during a minute’s applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London versus QPR

A sign is seen outside the Villa Park displaying an image in memory of Arthur Labinjo Hughes ahead of the match on Sunday night

A sign is seen outside the Villa Park displaying an image in memory of Arthur Labinjo Hughes ahead of the match on Sunday night

A sign is seen outside the Villa Park displaying an image in memory of Arthur Labinjo Hughes ahead of the match on Sunday night

A targeted area inspection will be also commissioned and led jointly by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and HM Inspectorate of Probation.

It will consider what improvements are needed by all agencies who protect vulnerable children in Solihull, including how they work together.

Asked about the review on Sky, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘The Prime Minister made clear that we want to see how social services liaise with the criminal justice agencies, and what lessons we can learn.’

‘It is right that we look at the criminal justice end and in between that I think the job of social workers, particularly those looking at children at particular risk, we need to learn the lessons.’

He added: ‘I do think we have got to make sure a more precautionary approach which looks at the risk to those particularly vulnerable young children and see what more we can do to read those early signs earlier and better.’

Speaking on Friday during a campaign visit in Shropshire, the Prime Minister vowed to leave ‘absolutely no stone unturned’ to establish what went wrong.

He said it was essential to learn lessons and to work out what else could have been done to protect the child. Mr Zahawi is due to make a Commons statement on the case on Monday.

On Saturday, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed Tustin and Hughes’ sentences are to be reviewed.

The AGO has 28 days from the date of sentence to review a case, assess whether it falls under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme, and make a decision as to whether to refer a sentence to the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal then makes a ruling on cases which have been referred. A spokesman for the AGO said: ‘The Attorney General’s thoughts are with those who loved Arthur.

‘I can confirm that the sentences given to Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have been referred to the Attorney General for review to determine whether they were too low.’

Pictured: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomas' partner Emma Tustin. Emma Tustin has been convicted of murder and Thomas Hughes is guilty of manslaughter after a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court

Pictured: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomas' partner Emma Tustin. Emma Tustin has been convicted of murder and Thomas Hughes is guilty of manslaughter after a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court

Pictured: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomas’ partner Emma Tustin. Emma Tustin has been convicted of murder and Thomas Hughes is guilty of manslaughter after a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court

Boy who never stood a chance: From a killer mother to father and stepmother who mocked and abused him till his dying day – timeline of tragic case 

2019

February: Arthur’s biological mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 29, kills her partner Gary Cunningham by  stabbing him 12 times with a kitchen knife. 

Arthur is moved into the care of his father, Thomas Hughes, 29. Later he meets Emma Tustin, 32, online. 

Hughes and Arthur moved into an annexe at the back of his parent’s garden. 

His grandmother said Arthur was ‘nervous’ at first but became a ‘happy, well-rounded child’. 

August: Hughes met Tustin on dating website Plenty of Fish. They went on their first date in a pub.   

Tustin failed to reveal that in 2013 she had tried to commit suicide. 

She also failed to reveal how her first two children went to live with their fathers. 

After three dates Hughes introduced Tustin to Arthur.

September: Hughes’ brother Blake said his nephew’s behaviour ‘change quite a lot’. 

He said his brother became more anxious at being told off while his brother ‘became a lot stricter.’

Hughes also recalled an incident where he argued with Tustin because he bought Arthur a Subway sandwich, which she said was ‘an unnecessary treat.’

October: Aileen Carabine, a special educational coordinator at Arthur’s school, said Arthur ‘deteriorated’ that month. 

She said he became more reserved, anxious and ‘not quite as smiley’. 

November: Thomas and his mother Joanne met with Arthur’s school to discuss their growing concerns about his behaviour. 

Teachers said Arthur was having nightmares and spoke of his father ‘killing him.’

Tustin became pregnant with Hughes, but had a miscarriage.

December: Arthur became upset during a Christmas nativity when the baby was taken out of its crib. 

Hughes proposed to Tustin in the annexe. 

2020 

January: Arthur’s school begin to raise concerns about him, including his ‘clinginess’ and ‘obsession’ with soft toys’. 

February: Tustin took Arthur with her to have her hair done. Arthur was made to sit at a table with his hands on his knees and not move. 

March: Hughes and Arthur move into Tustin’s home in Solihull. 

April 16:  Arthur’s paternal grandmother, Joanne Hughes, made a call to Solihull council’s emergency team to report bruises on his shoulders.

April 17: Social worker Jayne Kavanagh and support worker Angela Scarlett-Coppage visit Tustin’s home but report ‘no concerns’. 

April 20: A desperate Joanne Hughes tells Arthur’s school about the referral to social services she had made four days earlier. Michelle Hull, safeguarding lead at Dickens Heath Community Primary School, contacts social services but is told they have ‘no concerns’. 

April (specific date unclear): Thomas Hughes fobs off Arthur’s school in online messages, insisting he is ‘doing grand’. 

April (specific date unclear): Arthur’s uncle, Daniel Hughes, tries to alert police to Arthur’s bruises. 

May/June (specific date unclear): When John Dutton, Tustin’s stepfather, says he made an anonymous call to social services.

June 8: Arthur’s school re-opened but Hughes did not send him back. He claimed his son had a bad night’s sleep and would send him back the next day. 

Arthur would never return to school.  

June 12-15: Arthur spent more than 35 hours in isolation in the hallway.

On Friday Arthur was made to stand in hall for 14 hours, 19 minutes, as Tustin ate McDonald’s with her son in the living room.

On Saturday Arthur was made to stand in the hall for 11 hours and 49 minutes. 

In the video, Hughes can be seen slapping him around the head while Tustin grabbed him by the scruff of the neck as she marches him from the kitchen to the hallway.

The couple spent time in their garden hot tub and eating ice creams.

On Sunday Arthur was in the hallway for 10 hours and 54 minutes and made to wear a fleece onesie.

June 15: Tustin is seen waking Arthur up at 7.06am by ripping his bedding from underneath him.  

Horrific final video shows an emaciated Arthur struggling to pick up a duvet from the living room floor where he had been forced to sleep.  

June 16: Arthur suffered an ‘unsurvivable injury’ caused by Tustin repeatedly banging his head on a hard surface. 

June 17: Arthur’s life support was switched off and he died in hospital.  

July 2, 2021:  Labinjo-Halcrow is jailed for 11 years for killing Mr Cunningham. 

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