Arthur’s father and stepmother filmed enjoying ice cream as he starved in hallway

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A horrifying video has emerged showing Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ father and stepmother eating ice cream at their home as a six-year-old boy went hungry and stood alone in the hallway.

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Arthur was left with an incurable brain injury in the sole care of his stepmother, 32-year-old Emma Tustin—who poisoned him with salt and withheld food and drink.

After pleading guilty to murder by attacking the defenseless Arthur in the hallway of his Cranmore Road home in Solihull on June 16, 2020, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday.


Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, was found guilty of murder and jailed for 21 years after abetting the murder of a six-year-old whose body was found covered with 130 injuries when he died in hospital.

Now, footage has been released that shows the couple having ice cream together on the couch at their home in Solihull, just three days before Arthur was murdered. As the video was filmed on 13 June 2020, Arthur was starving in the hallway.

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The six-year-old is said to have stood in the hallway and erupted into a giggle as the pair enjoyed ice cream. Another video shows Tustin enjoying McDonald’s.

Video taken from home security cameras was shown during the couple’s lengthy trial, which ended this week, further exposing the scale of the neglect and torture of six-year-old Arthur.

Couple eating ice cream as Arthur was visually hungry

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Couple eating ice cream as Arthur was visually hungry

It emerged at trial that Arthur had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, when concerns were expressed by his grandmother Joan Hughes, but she concluded that “there were no safety concerns”.

In her victim impact statement, which she read in court before sentencing, Ms Hughes said Arthur, as a “happy, contented, thriving seven-year-old” would “live today” if her son did not meet Tustin.

The sentencing judge said that Hughes’ “infatuation” for Tustin had “erased” any love he had for his son.

As sentencing began on Friday, Mr. Justice Mark Wall QC said Tustin had been brought to court for his sentencing, but had refused to come to court.

Speaking after the sentencing, former Children’s Minister Tim Lawton said that “we” all have a “duty” to ensure that other vulnerable children are not discouraged from social care like Arthur’s.

The Tory MP wrote, “Funding for social care for children has lagged behind and social workers are over- and under-reported, when in fact they should be honored as our fourth emergency service.” Sun,

“Early interventions to prevent the causes of safety problems have been diluted to late interventions for firefighting symptoms.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that ministers “will leave absolutely no stone unturned” to establish what went wrong in the “horrific” case.

Solihull’s local Child Protection 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 safety concerns”.

An NSPCC spokesperson said Granthshala: “We are all still struggling to come to terms with what Arthur Lebinzo-Hughes endured before he was killed by Tustin and Hughes. His sentence marks the end of the first phase of achieving some kind of justice for Arthur. is a symbol.

“The Child Protection Practice Review should now leave no stone unturned to establish what happened before Arthur’s death and whether more could have been done to save and ultimately save him. It also calls for a wider discussion about this.” What is needed is how do we stop these horrific cases of child cruelty from happening.”


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