Stepmother in jail for murdering six-year old Arthur LabinjoHughes is being kept under 24-hour surveillance to make sure she doesn’t self harm.

  • Emma Tustin was isolated after she became the target of another cons
  • After being placed in vulnerable prisoner status, she can now eat and wash alone.
  • For the murder of Arthur Labinjo Hughes, six years old, Stepmother was sentenced to life imprisonment 
  • 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










Following her murder of Arthur Labinjo, six year old Arthur Labinjo Hughes was targeted by fellow prison inmates and placed in isolation jail.

After being convicted in December of Arthur’s murder, Emma Tustin (32), is currently serving a 29 year sentence at HMP Peterborough.

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.  

She has been made vulnerable prisoner, which means she is no longer able to contact other prisoners. Tustin uses only prison officers as company when she eats, trains and ishes.

Emma Tustin received a sentence of life imprisonment and a minimum term for 29 years, for the murder 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

Arthur, who sustained an “unsurvivable” head injury while being cared for by Tustin at their home in Cranmore Road, Shirley, Solihull, died on June 16, 2020.

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

He had suffered months of abuse from his stepfather Thomas Hughes, and Tustin over the years.

According to The Sun, a source said that every effort was being made for her safety. Prison officers are required to maintain order and law within their prisons, regardless of whether they like it or not.

‘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 also is regularly monitored to make sure she doesn’t self-harm.

Details about Arthur’s brutal abuses and treatment including his poisoning with salt were revealed during Tustins’ trial at Coventry Crown Court. This caused shock, revulsion, and grief.

Before he was killed during lockdown, the youngster had endured months of abuse from Hughes and Tustin. 

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

Hughes and Tustin, mother-of-4 (pictured) met online. The couple then moved into Arthur’s house near Solihull in West Midlands following the announcement of the lockdown by the government 

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

After being found guilty for manslaughter, Thomas Hughes was sentenced to 21 years in prison at Coventry Crown Court.

As he tried to get to the opposite side of the room, he cried out “no one love me” four times. He also appeared to have a limp. 

Arthur sustained a total 130 injuries to his body including brain damage that was ‘unsurvivable.

Also, he had been subject to torture and poisoning with salt. He was forced to stand alone for as much as 14 hours each day before his death.

Tustin would often send Hughes a message within minutes after he left the house with an audio file that included Arthur’s crying and a text containing words such as’starting 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’.  

HMP Peterborough spokesperson said that they do not discuss individual prisoners.

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