Scots grandad of murdered six-year-old says jail term ‘too lenient’

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes died from a brain injury in June after being abused by the pair for months.

Scots grandad of murdered six-year-old says jail term ‘too lenient’ Family handout via West Midlands Police / Peter Halcrow via Peter Halcrow
Distraught: Young Arthur and grandfather Peter.

The grandfather of a six-year-old boy who was murdered by his step-mother has hit out the sentencing that he calls “too lenient”.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was left with a fatal brain injury while in the care of 32-year-old Emma Tustin in June last year.

Tustin, 32, was sentenced to 29-years in prison on Friday and her partner, Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes was handed a 21-year sentence for his part in the killing.

Hughes, 29, and his 32-year-old partner abused the schoolboy who was starved, poisoned and beaten until his death.

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Peter Halcrow has called Hughes’ sentence for manslaughter “concerning” and said his grandson had “his whole life in front of him.”

The 61-year-old, from Dunkeld in Perthshire, said: “I was a bit concerned about Tom’s sentence, because how a father can ignore his son, how a father can put a woman above his son. He was a contributing factor, his sentence was a bit too lenient.”

Mr Halcrow was left distraught after hearing what the youngster had suffered at the hands of the couple.

He said: “It completely destroyed. I had no idea what he was going through, it just completely destroyed me.

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“I think Tom came from a good family, and that his parents were trying to say something’s going wrong, something’s wrong, I’ve only met them briefly at Arthur’s christening.

“It’s just a real tragedy.

“Arthur was only six, he has his whole life in front of him”