Boy, 6, cries ‘no one loves me’ hours before being ‘killed by father and stepmother’

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Harrowing audio footage has captured the moment a six-year-old boy shouts “no one loves me” – hours before he is allegedly murdered by his father and stepmother.

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Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, are accused of murdering Arthur Labinjo-Hughes last June at their home in Solihull, West Midlands.

The court heard that the young man suffered an incurable brain injury after being subjected to a campaign of cruelty, which was the “medical definition of child torture”.


The jurors were told that Arthur had been poisoned with salt, deprived of food and forced to stand for 14 hours the day before his death.

Clips of Arthur were played at Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday, along with a video showing Young struggling to move his duvet and Avengers-themed pillow after being forced to sleep in the living room for the fifth day in a row. was shown doing.

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It is alleged that the schoolboy was later killed at the hands of Tustin as a result of beating his head “repeatedly against a hard surface”.

In the audio clip released by West Midlands Police accompanying the video, Arthur is heard crying out “no one loves me” and “no one is going to feed me”.

Hughes and Tustin deny multiple counts of Arthur’s murder and child cruelty.

Arthur’s uncle Blake Hughes told the court last month that the young man had tears in his eyes after claiming that Tustin had pushed him off a wall and called him “ugly”.

He said: “He said that his mother didn’t love him and had left him. After that he wept bitterly. He further added that no one loves him.

Tustin would send Hughes Voice notes of Arthur crying whenever he left the house and he would respond with messages such as “Dig Arthur’s grave,” jurors were told.

He also sent messages saying he would take his “c***ing jaw off his shoulders”, it is alleged.

Earlier this week Hughes admitted that he would also use “pressure points on Arthur’s neck to discipline him” after watching videos online about police brutality in the United States.

He said he would use these pressure points for “about 10 to 15 seconds” to “help discipline him.”

Prosecutor Jonas Hankin said the pair regularly physically and verbally abused Arthur to inflict “significant harm and suffering”.

He had previously told the court: “They can’t begin to justify what they did to him. Arthur was a defenseless child who was completely dependent on him for his own well-being.

“Arthur became a target for ridicule, abuse and systematic cruelty, which caused him significant physical and mental suffering for unfathomable reasons.”

Arthur was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and on 17 June at 1 a.m. in intensive care his life support was discontinued.

Hughes and Tustin of Shirley in the West Midlands both deny Arthur’s murder.

Trial continues.

SWNS. Additional reporting by


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