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A stepmother who was found guilty today of killing a six-year-old boy after poisoning him with salt, beating him and starving him, has complained to prison bosses after being allegedly assaulted by inmates who have ‘thrown salt at him. ‘.
Emma Tustin, 32, killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly banging his head against a hard surface after she and Thomas Hughes, 29, starved his son to death and poisoned him with salt. After killing Arthur, Tustin immediately went to get her cell phone to take a picture of him as she lay dying in the hallway.
Tustin was convicted today of murdering Arthur on June 17, 2020, during the Covid lockdown. Hughes was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted of murder, for encouraging the murder, including sending Tustin a text message 18 hours before the fatal assault telling him that she was “finishing him off.”
Tustin and her ex-boyfriend Hughes, 29, inflicted a campaign of “cruel and systematic” cruelty against Arthur, which included forcing him to stand up to 14 hours a day alone, depriving him of food and water and poisoning him with salt. .
And today, it emerged that Tustin had already been attacked by inmates who ‘threw salt’ at her while she was on remand at HMP Peterborough, a criminal justice system source said.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that Tustin’s trial was halted for several days after she overdosed and was rushed to the hospital.
Speaking about the alleged attacks on Tustin, a spokesperson for HMP Peterborough said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.”
At a pretrial hearing in April 2021, Tustin’s attorney said his client had been receiving “ significant and substantial threats, ” although it is unclear whether he was in the same prison at the time.
Speaking at a hearing on April 15, Mary Prior QC said: ‘She has had a significant deterioration in her mental health.
“She has great difficulties because she is currently housed in an environment in which she does not receive medication. And she is receiving real and substantial threats and violence. ‘
Prior said Tustin’s legal team had “done everything possible” to urge prison authorities to “make it clear” to safeguard the health and well-being of their clients, including writing to the governor.
Hughes was found guilty of manslaughter – but cleared of murder
She added: ‘There are weekly lectures and they consist almost entirely of an overwhelmed young woman who is receiving significant and substantial threats and minimal medication.’
Ms Prior told the presiding judge at the time, Birmingham’s Registrar Magistrate, Melbourne Inman QC, that she had felt “necessary to say so in open court” because “nothing is changing”.
Speaking at the time, Judge Inman said: ‘I know, the prison estate is very good at keeping medication and treatment for the people in their charge.
“All I would say is that if there are concerns and problems, the court should be kept informed and, if necessary, we can make inquiries to help.
“This is not intended to be a criticism of anyone, but obviously if issues of concern are raised in court, we will do everything we can to help, to make sure they are resolved.”
Elsewhere, it was revealed Thursday that Tustin’s trial was halted for several days after she overdosed and was rushed to the hospital.
Emma Tustin, 32, ingested several pain relievers that she apparently had hidden in her bra. She was removed from her cell at Coventry Crown Court last Monday afternoon and taken to the hospital, where she remained until last Thursday.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The case was delayed for three days because Tustin was rushed to the hospital after an overdose of pills. She swallowed a bunch of painkillers in one of the court cells during a lunch break last Monday. Earlier, she had spent the morning in the dock with her co-defendant while he testified.
An artist’s impression of Tustin and Hughes at court shortly before they were convicted of killing him today.
She confessed to a member of her legal team what she had done and an ambulance had to be called to take her to the hospital. She was still aware of her when she left the Coventry Crown Court cell in the ambulance.
“It seems as if the prison gave her pills for several days, but instead of taking them, she kept them and hid them in her bra.”
Tustin and Hughes carried out a horrific ‘campaign of cruelty’ amounting to ‘torture’ against Arthur, in which they force-fed him salty foods, kept him isolated at home, starved, dehydrated and dehydrated him. beat routinely.
Arthur was taken into the custody of his father in February 2019 after Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow killed his partner Gary Cunningham, 29, stabbing him 12 times with a kitchen knife in drunken rage.
Hughes met Tustin, a mother of four, online and the couple moved with Arthur to his home near Solihull in the West Midlands when the government declared a national shutdown in March 2020.
Madeleine Halcrow said that Tustin was “obsessed” with the idea that Thomas would get back with Olivia, and that “the only way to get Olivia out of her life was to get rid of Arthur.”
Tustin, who had two of his children in care after a suicide attempt, repeatedly complained that she was unable to cope with Arthur’s behavior during the confinement period and begged Hughes to let him return with her. his grandparents.
The generally ‘plump, happy’ and ‘always smiling’ boy moved into the Tustin home at the start of the first national lockdown in March 2020, but a witness described how he looked ‘broken’ just before his death less than three months later.
Elsewhere, it was revealed that Tustin’s trial was halted for several days after she took an overdose and was rushed to hospital
Tustin admitted two counts of child cruelty during the heartbreaking trial in Coventry, including carrying out three assaults on the boy and also making him sit or stand in the hallway for up to 14 hours a day as part of a behavioral regimen.
She agreed to make 200 audio recordings of Arthur, often crying and groaning during these punishments, claiming that she did it only to send them to Hughes to demonstrate the boy’s ‘mischievous’ behavior while he was away.
Some of these excerpts have been played on the court, including one in which the boy can be heard saying ‘nobody loves me’, and another in which she yells ‘nobody is going to feed me’.
Hughes, on the evidence, had alleged that Tustin ‘mentally abused’ and ‘tricked’ him into complying with the disciplinary regimen of punishment, but also admitted to lying to school personnel who were checking on Arthur’s progress during the first confinement. of Covid.
She previously said that she “probably” had placed the couple’s relationship above the well-being of her child.
Subsequent testing revealed that Arthur had also been ‘poisoned with salt’ in the hours leading up to his collapse, while a post-mortem examination found that the young man had suffered around 130 different injuries.
Tustin, who has agreed to be cruel to Arthur on occasion and was pregnant with Hughes’ fetus at the time, has said that she was’ disgusted and embarrassed ‘by her admitted behavior of her.
But she cruelly claimed that Arthur’s fatal head wound must have been self-inflicted, possibly caused by him throwing himself down the stairs in his hallway, and describing how she heard a ‘bang’ and a ‘crack’.
During her testing, she said that just because medical experts had concluded that Arthur’s death had been caused by head trauma “inflicted by an adult”, that “does not make it true.”
Emma Tustin Quick and Facts
- Emma Tustin, 32, was today convicted of murdering Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
- It has been revealed she has already been attacked by inmates while on remand
- A source told the court inmates at HMP Peterborough had ‘thrown salt’ at her
- It has also emerged Tustin’s trial was halted for days after she took an overdose
- Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes poisoned Arthur with salt and tortured him
- Arthur’s father Hughes, 29, was convicted of manslaughter – cleared of murder