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The ‘tolerable’ sentence for the parents of Arthur’s killer may be increased

Thomas Hughes was jailed for 21 years and Emma Tustin was jailed for 29 years (Image: PA)

The prison time for murderer Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ father and stepmother is being revisited following complaints it was too lenient.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has confirmed that the convictions for Emma Tustin for murder and Thomas Hughes for manslaughter have been ‘reviewed to determine if they are too low’. .

The AGO has 28 days from sentencing to review a case, assess whether it falls under the Undue Sentencing (ULS) program, and make a decision on whether to refer a judgment to the Court. appellate level or not, who can decide to increase the sentence.

Last year, two of the UK’s most prolific rapists – Joseph McCann and Reynhard Sinaga – were given a 10-year sentence increase under the ULS.

The review of Arthur’s case comes after Solihull MP Julian Knight said on Twitter he would be referring to statements about the scheme.

Arthur, 6, died on June 16 last year after his stepmother Tustin banged her head on a hard surface in the family home in Solihull, West Midlands, until she lost consciousness.

Since the tragedy, The gruesome details revealed about Arthur’s life — including the fact that he was often isolated in a hallway, starved, poisoned with salt, and beaten so often that his body had 130 bruises when he died.

Tustin was jailed for life, with a requirement to serve at least 29 years, after she was found guilty of murder at Coventry Crown Court.

Thomas Hughes, Arthur’s father, who physically abused and threatened to throw his son out the window, was found guilty of manslaughter and imprisoned for 21 years.

But some believe these sentences are not enough to bring justice to young Arthur, including MP Julian Knight of Solihull.

Solihull MP Julian Knight paid tribute to Arthur and said he would call (Image: PA)

He said: ‘I just laid flowers at the young Arthur shrine, lots of touching tributes from the local residents and people around Solihull.

‘There’s a real sense of loss and tragedy about this, and quite frankly a sense of anger and wonder how this was allowed to happen, how were these monsters allowed. inflict this terrible torture on this defenseless boy.

‘My view is very simple on this, we need to dig deep into how this happened and we need to make sure that those who have failed are held accountable.

‘But I also think anyone who reflected on those convictions yesterday thought they were being too lenient and my intention was to try to get this into the Conviction of Blasphemy scheme as soon as possible and I’ll do it on Monday morning.’

Many have asked why nothing is done to protect Arthur, although his paternal grandmother has offered to show police pictures of his bruises – something the officers apparently ‘don’t want. see’.

Arthur’s paternal grandmother says social services ‘don’t want to see’ the photos she has of Arthur’s travels (Image: SWNS)

The social services eventually visited Arthur, but they said they were ‘unconcerned’ about his habitat. Arthur was murdered about two months later.

During the trial, the court heard that Arthur was so weak from hunger and dehydration that he couldn’t even lift his blanket.

Heartbreaking audio was also released showing the boy sobbing: ‘No one loves me’.

Most recent, CCTV showed Tustin and Hughes enjoying McDonald’s and ice cream while Arthur was starving alone in a hallway.

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But Arthur’s biological mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, who is currently serving a sentence for the murder of her partner in 2019, wants people to remember her son for his smile and happiness.

She released a statement through her own mother on Friday, reminiscing about his love for football, outsiders, and superheroes.

She said: ‘Arthur was the light of my life, he was not only my only child but also my best friend.

‘I could never have imagined that he could be taken out of this world so early in his life.’

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