I DID beat little Arthur: Stepmother changes her plea to ADMIT child cruelty against six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes who was subjected to ‘incomprehensible’ suffering – but still denies murdering him

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  • Emma Tustin, 32, has pleaded guilty to the brutal beating of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
  • Stepmother accused of killing six-year-old child in Solihulli
  • Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, has also been charged with murder.
  • Tustin is accused of assaulting Arthur and taking a picture of him while he died.
  • Arthur was subjected to ‘incomprehensible cruelty’ before his death, the court heard
  • Both defendants have denied Arthur’s murder and the trial continues.

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Jurors were told how Arthur was ‘repeatedly poisoned with salt-contaminated food’ under ‘brutal controlled circumstances’

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A woman accused of killing her six-year-old stepson today confessed to brutally thrashing the child before she sustained serious head injuries.

Stepmother Emma Tustin, who is accused of murdering Arthur Lebinjo-Hughes, turns her plea for a count of child cruelty through her trial, at the end of the defense evidence.

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Tustin and Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, have both been jointly charged with murder after the boy suffered a ‘strange brain injury’ on June 17, 2020.

In a closing speech to the jury, the prosecution’s QC, Jonas Hankin, stated that Arthur had been subjected to ‘incomprehensible cruelty’ prior to his tragic death.

It is alleged that 32-year-old Tustin committed the fatal attack while taking full care of Arthur, then brought his mobile phone to take a picture of the little boy as he lay dying at his home in Solihull, West Midlands.

Mr Hankin said Hughes was ‘malicious’ and ‘happy to have Arthur in trouble.’

He told the court that it was “almost impossible” to imagine the pain the boy went through while being in isolation and facing the wall for 14 hours a day.

Of the 130 areas of scratches on his body at the postmortem, Mr Hankin said: ‘Most of them must have been abusive. If even half of them were from the attack, that’s almost an injury for every day of the lockdown.

‘Violence in lockdown was a way of living for them.’

Prosecutors believe that Arthur was fed a ‘salt solution’ by Tustin, which then caused unbearable brain injuries in a raging attack.

Hughes is charged with aiding and abetting the murder, including sending a text message to Tustin telling him ‘the end of the child will be over when I return’.

Prosecutors have alleged that the pair carried out a “campaign of brutality” against Arthur, the equivalent of “torture”, in which they were forcibly given salty food, kept in home isolation, starved, dehydrated and regularly was beaten by

Mr Hankin accused Tustin of ‘preparing the scene’ at the time to make it appear that Arthur had hurt himself. He told the jurors: ‘Something has happened to this child. Emma Tustin lost her ‘f***ing s***’ for using her words.

Undated family handout photo of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes released by West Midlands Police

Undated family handout photo of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes released by West Midlands Police

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' back bruised by West Midlands Police, undated family handout photo released two months before his death in April 2020

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ back injury by West Midlands Police, undeclared family handout photo released two months before his death in April 2020

Emma Tustin, 32, who allegedly stabbed six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to death with a 'non-existent' brain injury

Emma Tustin, 32, who allegedly stabbed six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to death with a ‘non-existent’ brain injury

The boy's father Thomas Hughes (pictured) and Tustin have both been jointly charged with murder after the boy suffered a 'strange brain injury' on June 17, 2020.

The boy’s father Thomas Hughes (pictured) and Tustin have both been jointly charged with murder after the boy suffered a ‘strange brain injury’ on June 17, 2020.

Mr Hankin added: ‘Neither the limited arguments of Emma Tustin or the partial confessions of Thomas Hughes seem to reflect the evidence that proved Arthur was the victim of daily beatings.’

He said: ‘Thomas Hughes was involved in the violence that led to Arthur’s death. Without his permission, without his consent, without his approval, Emma Tustin would not have dared to point the finger at Arthur, let alone attack him so badly.

Thomas Hughes had the power, authority, and indeed a legal duty to intervene to protect Arthur – but he intentionally failed to do so. He deliberately avoided doing so.

‘He just didn’t consent. He promoted and encouraged the brutality that Arthur was subjected to. In the early stages of his relationship with Emma Tustin, Thomas Hughes made it clear which side he was on. He chose Emma Tustin over his child.

‘The language he used in the text messages in the presence of others clearly encouraged violence towards Arthur. His own aggressive behavior and use of violence, which he established, made it clear that violence against Arthur was permitted and deliberately encouraged.’

Tustin’s barrister, Mary Prior QC, told jurors at Coventry Crown Court that her client admitted in her own evidence to ‘three assaults … all captured on CCTV, occurring between June 12 and 16, 2020’ There was a change in his petition. ,

Tustin claimed Arthur’s fatal head injury was self-inflicted, possibly due to throwing himself down a ladder in his hallway, where he had to spend ’12 to 14 hours’ a day as part of the couple’s behavior regime. was forced to.

Arthur’s tragic finale: Hungry boy cries ‘no one loves me’ in heartbreaking video

The last recorded moments of a ‘torture’ six-year-old show him struggling to lift his scarf off the floor, where he was forced to sleep for several days on end – his father and stepmother hours before he was allegedly killed by .

The heartbreaking clip captured on CCTV shows an emaciated Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, whose pajamas appear to be hanging from him, moaning in pain as he tries to take off his cover and special Avengers pillow.

Disturbing footage was shown Tuesday to jurors at Coventry Crown Court, where Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, are accused of murdering Arthur at their home in Solihull, West Midlands on June 17 last year .

In the haunting video, filmed just hours ago on June 16, the sad boy is seen struggling to stand before falling to the living room floor.

Arthur cries ‘no one loves me’ four times as he struggles to walk to the other side of the room while suffering from lameness.

It takes him over two full minutes to stand up, take off his scarf and walk about two meters to the door leading to the other room.

In an audio clip released by West Midlands Police today accompanying the video played in court, little Arthur can also be heard saying ‘no one is going to feed me’ seven times in 44 seconds.

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During his testimony, Hughes claimed that Tustin had ‘mentally abused’ and ‘gaslighted’ him for complying with a punitive disciplinary regime, but also admitted to lying to school staff, who had previously been under the influence of the Covid lockdown. While checking on Arthur’s progress.

Earlier on Monday, the jury heard the last evidence in Hughes’ defense from a woman who shared a cell with Tustin while she awaits trial for Arthur’s murder.

Elaine Pritchard was Tustin’s ‘padmate’ at HMP Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire in November last year.

She said she trashed the cell and ordered Tustin after reading that Arthur had suffered about 130 separate injuries.

Ms Pritchard, 48, told jurors she had an extensive record of offenses involving drug and alcohol abuse, including assault and drunken driving.

In May 2007, she also admitted to two counts of neglecting her children, who were taken out of her care in 2007, after she told the jury that drugs had ‘taken everything’ in her life at the time. ‘.

Ms Pritchard was asked about her argument while sharing a cell with Tustin in November 2021, which ended with the prison guards calling for her cellmate to be removed.

As evidence, she said she saw the paperwork for Tustin’s case lying on a side table.

She said: ‘I saw a comment from the paramedics, and there were 137 injuries. on his body. And he didn’t show any emotion.’

Bernard Richmond QC, representing Hughes, asked: ‘How did he know you saw him?’

Ms. Pritchard replied: ‘Because I threw her out of the closet.’

He continued: ‘I asked him, why wouldn’t he know that a boy had all these injuries?

‘ I asked her when she had bathed or bathed her.

‘She said ‘oh I didn’t do that, I just gave her a towel’.

‘I was very angry that someone had 137 bruises on his body.’

Asked what Tustin did when Ms Pritchard was furious, she claimed: ‘She was kneeling, on her bed or in a chair, and I started throwing her stuff in the corner of the room,’ she says. It happened that ‘you are going out, you are going’.

‘I rang the alarm bells for the employees, I was afraid that I would be in jail.’

The tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes attempts to take the duvet off the floor where he slept in CCTV footage shown to Coventry Crown Court

The tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes attempts to take the duvet off the floor where he slept in CCTV footage shown to Coventry Crown Court

Emma Tustin, accused of killing her stepson, turned her plea to a count of child cruelty today at the end of defense evidence

Emma Tustin, accused of killing her stepson, turned her plea to a count of child cruelty today at the end of defense evidence

Ms Pritchard alleges: ‘She told me ‘you took your kids away from you’ and I said ‘yeah I did, but you’re not going to get your kids back, you killed a little boy, You ‘killed a boy’.

‘He was not interested; He only talked about his children, he never talked about Arthur.’

Ms Pritchard was also asked about an alleged remark made by Tustin, describing Arthur as a ‘little f*****’ when he ‘stopped’ her to leave the house to follow her father. Had given.

However, Ms Pritchard was unable to tell jurors whether the words Tustin allegedly used were about an event on the day of Arthur’s fatal fall.

Tustin previously pleaded guilty to one more count of child cruelty on the first day of trial – forcing Arthur to ‘stand up’ on several occasions, isolating him in the family home, and physically or verbally intimidating him. ‘.

Hughes denies a similar allegation, as well as another allegation of child cruelty, of ‘deliberately attacking Arthur on multiple occasions’.

The two also denied allegations of child cruelty by making Arthur drink salt and barring him from eating and drinking between June 1 and 17 last year.

Hughes and Tustin also both deny murder and the trial is ongoing with the judge now giving legal directions to the jury.

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