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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ cruel father, Thomas Hughes, has his sentence INCREASED for killing his 6-year-old son during a campaign of abuse

THE dad killer of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six years old, saw his prison sentence increased by the judges of the court of appeal.

Cruel Thomas Hughes, 29, was caged for 21 years for the youngster’s manslaughter – but it was today proven to be unduly lenient.


Thomas Hughes saw his prison sentence increased by the judges of the Court of Appeal.
Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his father and stepmother


Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his father and stepmotherCredit: PA
Emma Tustin was jailed for life for Arthur's murder


Emma Tustin was jailed for life for Arthur’s murder

Judges extended his prison term by three years to reflect the gravity of his crimes.

Hughes’ ex-girlfriend Emma Tustin, 32, who was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 29 years for murder and child cruelty, also appealed his tariff, but that remains unchanged.

Arthur was tortured by his father and stepmother during an eight-month campaign of abuse.

He was isolated, poisoned with salt and starved in his final months before Tustin’s twisted fatal attack where she repeatedly banged her head against a hard surface.

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The boy died after being found with 130 areas of injury at Tustin’s home near Solihull, West Mids, during the 2020 lockdown.

Extending Hughes’ sentence, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said today: ‘Manslaughter bristled with aggravating features, including as serious a breach of trust as one could imagine of a a particularly vulnerable little boy, not least because of Hughes’ own conduct.

“He lied at Arthur’s school to keep him home to protect himself and Tustin.

“Without the cruelty offences, manslaughter merited a sentence of 18 years or more.

“The judge was of the opinion that the offense fell short of murder and, as we have said, the risk of death, given the previous conduct, was real.

“In our opinion, the appropriate sentence is 24 years’ imprisonment to take into account all the offences.”

Discussing Tustin’s sentence, the lead judges declined to increase his minimum prison term to 29 years, saying it was a “fit sentence”.

Lord Burnett said anyone looking at the ‘detailed written documents’ submitted, along with the CCTV footage, ‘would find it hard to imagine how anyone, let alone anyone with joint responsibility for his care, could have dealt Arthur as Tustin did”.

“The child cruelty in which she engaged was at the high end of the scale for sentencing purposes, had it been considered in isolation,” the judge added.

“The mechanics of aggression reflected explosive violence calculated to cause maximum damage rather than any kind of sadism in the usual sense of the term.

“That alone wouldn’t have brought this case into minimum 30-year territory.

“It was the history of prolonged and severe cruelty that included an element of sadism that, in the judge’s reasoning, placed this case firmly at a minimum 30-year baseline.

“In our view, the judge was correct in taking a starting point of 30 years for the main reason he gave, which was that it correctly reflected the gravity of Arthur’s murder and the terrible cruelty for which Tustin was responsible. who preceded him.”


Tustin recorded more than 22 distressed photos and videos of Arthur highlighting the horrific abuse he suffered.

In one video, she cruelly took a trip to McDonald’s while Arthur was left in a hallway for 14 hours without food.

In another haunting clip, Arthur wakes up on the floor the morning of his death after being refused a bed.

He looked so frail he could barely pick up his bedding and staggered as he tried to walk.

His pajamas – the same onesie he wore for the fifth day in a row – seem to be hooking him.

And in a haunting sound, we can hear the youngster sobbing: “Dad is going to throw me out the window”, and “no one loves me”.

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