‘SHE DESERVED IT’
Mythical creature stepmum Emma Tustin was poisoned with salt by her cellmates in retaliation for inflict suffering on calamitous Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, it has been claimed.
The 32-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years following conviction for killing her six-year-old stepson.
His dad Thomas Hughes, 29, was as well jailed for 21 years after he was found guilty of manslaughter.
Tustin’s one-time cellmate has now alleged inmates poisoned the vile stepmom’s meals with salt following the news of the dreadful abuse she administer upon Arthur.
The little boy had been poisoned by the sick couple as they treated him to a
“campaign of cruelty” that is equal to the “medical definition of child torture.”
The “off the charts”
levels of salt in his body were so high that medics were of the opinion their equipment was broken.
In the hours sooner than he was deadly attacked, Arthur had eaten not less than 34g of salt – equal in value of six spoons worth.
Chillingly, he was so weak from the poisoning that he couldn’t surprisingly put up a fight against Tustin when she assaulted him.
It has now been divulged prisoners gave Tustin a taste of her own medicine by impaling her meals with salt at Eastwood Park Prison in Gloucestershire.
Her erstwhile cellmate of six weeks, Elaine Pritchard, disclosed to The Sunday Mirror:
“Some of the things we did were cruel – but she was crueler to Arthur so she deserved it.”
She as well said that the faint-hearted step-mum lied to inmates, asserting she was in prison since Arthur’s dad Hughes
“neglected” his son.
“Emma hadn’t said anything about Arthur dying. She never mentioned him.”
She said the 32-year-old alone
“felt sorry for herself” yet would “laugh and joke”
on the phone in spite of facing trial for suffering the youngster.
“One day she came back from a plea hearing and was upset, so I asked, ‘What’s wrong?’
“She said, ‘He didn’t look at me, Tom never looked at me’. That was the only time I saw her upset about anything.”
Elaine, who had been summoned back to jail for battery and criminal damage, allege she only discovered the truth concerning Tustin’s nauseating crimes when she discovered her case paperwork in their cell.
She declared: “We had a fight – it was me more than her.
Some of the things we did were cruel – but she was crueler to Arthur so she deserved it.
“I got angry because I’d read about how he [Arthur] had 130 bruises and I asked how she wouldn’t notice when she gave him a bath.
“She said she just used to give him a towel. I pressed the bell and said if the prison officers didn’t get her out then I’d be staying there a long time.”
Tustin was at that time moved to a different cell sooner than other lags found she had unfeelingly poisoned Arthur with salt.
The six-year-old was unaccompanied, poisoned and starved in his last months sooner than twisted Tustin’s deadly attack where she struck his head over and over again against a hard surface.
Arthur’s weak, delicate and skeletal body was covered with 130 bruises and he suffered 93 different areas of wound – which includes on his head, arms, legs, feet and torso.
In the course of the trial, the court heard that Tustin had attempted to take an overdose and tried to hang herself to keep away from facing punishment for killing tragic Arthur.
Mary Prior QC, her solicitor described her as a
“high suicide risk” and added that she had been “
obliged to terminate a pregnancy.”
Tustin was pregnant with Hughes’ baby when she extremely attacked Arthur, undergoing an abortion in custody at 21 weeks.
Mr Justice Mark Walll QC criticize severely the pair as he caged them, saying the case was
“without doubt one of the most distressing and disturbing”
he has ever dealt with.
“This cruel and inhuman treatment of Arthur was a deliberate decision by you to brush off his cries for help as naughtiness.”
Addressing Tustin, he continued:
“You are a manipulative woman who will tell any lie, and shift the blame onto anyone, to save your own skin.”
The judge said she did not want to be “troubled” by Arthur again and branded Hughes’ encouragement as “chilling”.
The blatant stepmom declined to leave her cell to face judgement for her planned set of activities of terror on the youngster.
An grave national analysis has been set afloat into the killing of the little boy following the social services ‘blind eye’ to the abuse he suffered.
The government has also set afloat a major analysis into the facts or conditions leading up to Arthur’s death to ascertain what change for the better needed to be made by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months prior to his death.
They have individually commissioned four inspectorates, covering social care, health, police and trial period to tackle an emergency inspection of the protecting agencies in Solihull to whom Arthur was known.
The independent, national analysis will as well establish the lessons that must be learnt from Arthur’s case for the good of other children.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has said ministers are resolved to see what lessons can be learned from the youngster’s brutal murder.
It is as well probable to think carefully about whether a general rule should be put in place to assist protect at-risk youngsters in the occurrence of later national lock-downs.