Boris Johnson backs calls for ‘Arthur law’ that would see child killers die in prison

The Prime Minister has ordered that child killers be sentenced to life in prison (Image: PA)

Child killers will automatically be jailed for life under a new ‘Arthur law’ being planned by the Government.

After killing a six-year-old boy in Solihull by his father and stepmother, Boris Johnson will introduce more difficult sentences for child killers.

He said ‘whole life orders’ should be given to anyone convicted of killing an infant before meditating.

The Prime Minister told The Sun: “Whoever plans to commit the murder of a child will never be released from prison.”

‘So we are strengthening the law to make lifetime orders the starting point for such heinous crimes.’

The sentences for the killers Emma Tustin, 32, and Thomas Hughes, 29, were has been considered of the Attorney General to see if they are being too lenient.

Last week, Tustin received a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years for murder while Hughes was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter.

During their trial, the court heard how Arthur had been mistreated, starved and poisoned before dying of a traumatic brain injury.

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Arthur suffered an incurable traumatic brain injury while in the sole care of ‘evil’ Tustin (Image: PA)

Arthur’s maternal grandfather, Peter Halcrow, 61, has said the couple ‘should never have seen the light of day.’

He told the BBC they had committed a ‘heinous crime’ by killing an ‘innocent, defenseless boy’.

“I won’t give them the time of day and I don’t want them to see the light of day again,” he added.

The change to the law is expected to be made through the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently being passed through Congress.

Tustin will serve at least 29 years in prison for murder (Image: PA)
Hughes, the child’s father, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter (Image: PA)

The government plans to amend the law so that plotting to kill a child and then committing the act would be considered the most serious crime against a child.

Currently, only those convicted of kidnapping and killing a child, or killing them with sexual intent, are sentenced to life in prison.

Arthur’s grandmother, Madeleine Halcrow, said that the pair convicted of his murder had shown ‘no remorse, no compassion’, as she called them ‘depraved, sadistic, torturous, evil people, calculate’.

Both the boy’s grandparents said that warnings about the boy’s safety were ignored but no one entered despite ‘alarms ringing.’

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Mrs Halcrow described her grandson as ‘the happiest kid’ before going to live with his father and stepmother when the UK came to a standstill in March 2020.

She said she felt anger towards the organizations responsible for monitoring his safety.

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