Stepmother who killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes 'isolated for protection'

Jailed stepmother who murdered six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ‘is being held in isolation for her own protection and is under 24-hour observation to ensure she does not self harm’

  • Emma Tustin isolated for her own protection after becoming target of other cons
  • She now eats and washes alone after being given vulnerable prisoner status
  • Stepmother was jailed for life for murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes 
  • She killed youngster by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface
  • Tustin and Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, also force-fed him salt-laden food

The stepmother who murdered six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has been placed in isolation in jail for her own protection after becoming a target for fellow prisoners.

Emma Tustin, 32, is serving a 29-year prison sentence at HMP Peterborough after being convicted of Arthur’s murder at her home in Solihull, west Midlands, on December 3.

The evil stepmother killed the young boy by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and his father Thomas Hughes, 29, force-fed him food laden with salt.  

However, she has now been given vulnerable prisoner status, meaning she has no contact with other prisoners. Tustin also now eats, exercises and washes with only prison officers for company.

Emma Tustin was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 29 years for the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur died after sustaining an ‘unsurvivable’ head injury on June 16, 2020, while in the sole care of Tustin at her home on Cranmore Road in Shirley, Solihull

The youngster had been subjected to months of ‘unimaginable’ abuse by his father Thomas Hughes and stepmother Tustin

A source told The Sun: ‘Every effort is being made to protect her from attack. Like it or not, prison officers have a duty to keep order and the rule of law inside.

‘In her case, they’re gritting their teeth to do it but she’s a massive target. 

‘It’s only a matter of time before someone takes a chance to do her in.’

Tustin is also said to be regularly observed to ensure she does not self-harm.

Details of Arthur’s cruel abuse and treatment, including being poisoned with salt, emerged during the Tustin’s trial at Coventry Crown Court and caused widespread shock, revulsion and grief.

The youngster had been subjected to months of ‘unimaginable’ abuse by Hughes and Tustin before he was murdered during lockdown on June 17 last year. 

In one haunting video,  Arthur was seen struggling to stand before slumping to the floor of the living room. 

Hughes met mother-of-four Tustin (pictured) online before the couple moved with Arthur into her home near Solihull in the West Midlands after the government announced the lockdown 

Thomas Hughes was jailed for 21 years at Coventry Crown Court after he was found guilty of the manslaughter

He cried ‘no one loves me’ four times as he struggled to walk to the other side of the room while appearing to be suffering from a limp. 

Arthur suffered a total of 130 injuries all over his body, including ‘unsurvivable’ brain damage.

He had also been tortured, poisoned with salt and forced to stand on his own for up to 14 hours a day prior to his death.

Tustin often messaged Hughes within minutes of him leaving the home with an audio file of Arthur crying accompanied by a text saying words to the effect of ‘started again’ or ‘still going.’

Tustin was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years, while Hughes was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for manslaughter after encouraging the killing –  including by sending a text message to Tustin 18 hours before the fatal assault telling her ‘just end him’.  

A spokesperson for HMP Peterborough said: ‘We do not comment on individual prisoners.’

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