The Attorney General could ask for a review of the prison sentence for murdering the mother of Star Hobson’s toddler, a Government minister has suggested.
Gillian Keegan said the eight-year term for the 16-month-old girl’s death ‘sounds inadequate’, calling the killing ‘shocking’ and ‘unbelievable’.
The youngster was beaten to death by guard Savannah Brockhill, 28, partner of Star’s mother Frankie Smith, 20.
The case has sparked a nationwide outcry and stems from the murder of young Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, with the sentencing of his killers being reviewed by Attorney General Suella Braverman.
Star’s family has called for harsher sentences for Smith, who was found guilty of causing or allowing her daughter’s death, but could be allowed out after four years.
Brockhill, who describes himself as ‘the number one psychopath’, has been jailed for life for murder.
Ms. Keegan, whose summary included interest, implied to LBC that the Attorney General could send the case to the Court of Appeal.
She said: ‘It (Smith’s eight-year prison sentence) doesn’t sound enough, as a human being it doesn’t sound enough.
‘It’s a shocking, shocking case – I mean, it’s pretty unbelievable.
‘And poor Arthur’s case too. I mean, it’s just unbelievable.
“Obviously the judge and jury have…recently passed the verdict but I guess the Attorney General has that right as well.”
She added: ‘It doesn’t fit where I live but it does suit hers (of the Justice Secretary), so I’m sure she’ll have those conversations.’
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said: ‘We have received a request to review these convictions under the excessive leniency (ULS) sentence scheme.
Both Star Hobson’s killer and her mother should be in jail
‘The legal staff has 28 days from the date of sentencing to review the case and make a decision.’
Star’s murder and the details of her suffering months of assault and psychological trauma caused outrage across the country, as did Arthur’s gruesome death.
The Attorney General’s office has said it will review the sentence of Arthur’s stepmother, Emma Tustin, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years at Coventry Crown Court on Friday after convicted of the murder of six-year-old Solihull. .
The sentence of the boy’s father, 29-year-old Thomas Hughes, who was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter, will also be reviewed.
Star’s great-grandfather, David Fawcett, has been at the forefront of a wave of outcry over why social services and the police didn’t step in to help her, despite five different family members and friends giving her help. raised concerns in the eight months before her death.
Another great-grandfather, Frank Smith, also label the sentence ‘amazingly soft’.
I said Sun: ‘Is all Star’s life worth it? Frankie will be gone in 4 years – how is that justice?
‘She watched her child die. She lied many times to cover her and Brockhill’s tracks. Both deserve jail time. It’s disgusting.’
Sentencing Brockhill and Smith at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday, magistrate Justice Lambert praised Mr Fawcett and other family members for the support they have given Star.
The judge said: ‘She was murdered by you, Savannah Brockhill. Frankie Smith, your role is to be her mother to protect Star from harm. ‘
Ms Lambert said the ‘fatal punch or kick’ to Star had caused the toddler to lose half of his blood volume and suffer internal organ damage.
‘The level of force required to cause these injuries must be enormous – similar to those involved in a road traffic accident,’ she said.
‘Only the two of you know what caused that deadly attack.
‘However, the violent attack that led to Star’s death was not an isolated event.’
Star was also found to have suffered two traumatic brain injuries, multiple rib fractures, leg fractures and refractions, and skull fractures.
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