Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s uncle says ‘cold and calculating’ stepmother was ‘domineering’ towards the six-year-old and his father and was the ‘catalyst in his murder’, 법원이 듣는다
아서 라빈조-휴즈’ uncle told a court today the boy’s stepmother was ‘cold and calculating’ and ‘domineering’ and that she was the ‘catalyst in his murder’.
The six-year-old from Solihull, West Midlands was killed by the couple after suffering abuse ‘designed to terrorise’, 그것은 말했다.
The youngster was allegedly deprived of food, 복도에 서 있도록 만든 14 hours a day and poisoned with salt before being fatally attacked at his home in June 2020.
경찰에 자신의 우려를 보고하지만 소년의 집으로 돌아가려고 하면 체포 위협을 받습니다., 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, allegedly subjected Arthur to ‘systematic, cruel behaviour’ which met the ‘medical definition of child torture’.
Hughes and Tustin deny murder. Tustin has admitted one count of child cruelty but denies three other counts. Hughes denies four counts of child cruelty.
Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was weakened by months of abuse, salt poisoning and starvation, 검사의 주장 (pictured with father Thomas)
The distressing footage was shown to jurors at Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday, where Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin (사진), 32, are accused of killing Arthur at their home in Solihull, 웨스트 미들랜드, 지난 6월.
A trial at Coventry Crown Court today heard evidence from Arthur’s uncle, Andrew Hughes – the brother of Thomas Hughes.
He told jurors that he believed ‘cold, 조작, calculated’ Tustin was the ‘controlling partner’ 관계에서, and the ‘catalyst’ of Arthur’s death.
Mr Hughes, 26, described the mother-of-four as being ‘domineering’ both towards Hughes and Arthur.
그는 배심원들에게: ‘If she didn’t get things the way that she liked, she would make things hard for everyone involved’.
Schoolboy Arthur died in June last year from ‘unsurvivable brain injuries’ while in Tustin’s care.
She is alleged to have killed Arthur using ‘very severe force’ while she was alone with him at her council house near Solihull.
Hughes is alleged to have ‘intentionally encouraged’ 살해. The pair are said to have subjected Arthur to ‘violence and intimidation’ in ‘brutal controlling circumstances’.
It is claimed he was poisoned with so much salt that medics questioned their machinery when he was admitted to hospital with fatal brain injuries.
Jurors were told how Arthur had been in the full-time care of Hughes after his mother Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow was accused of killing her new partner, 게리 커닝햄, 2 월 2019.
Hughes then met Tustin on an online dating site in August 2019.
증거 제공, Mr Hughes said he felt the relationship moved ‘too quickly’ because ‘they didn’t know each other well enough’.
Describing his first meeting with Tustin, Mr Hughes said: ‘I tried to be friendly, I tried to introduce myself, I tried to have a laugh.
‘She was very, very cold. I got very little back from her.’
Hughes moved in with Arthur to Tustin’s council house in Cranmore Road, Shirley, when the country entered lockdown in March 2020.
It is alleged that Arthur was made to stand up for 14 hours a day in a hallway ‘all day, 매일’ for up to six weeks.
Jurors were played footage from a living room camera of the boy making a makeshift bed on a living room floor.
Tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 육, attempts to pick up duvet from floor where he slept in CCTV footage shown to Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday
Jurors were previously told how Arthur (사진) was ‘repeatedly poisoned with salt-contaminated food and fluids’ in ‘brutal controlling circumstances’
The jury was previously told Arthur’s family raised concerns with social services two months before Arthur’s death. But after a home visit no further action was taken.
Mr Hughes told the court that Arthur seemed ‘far more timid’ when he last saw the youngster a week before lockdown.
그는 배심원들에게: ‘[아서] seemed more aware that he may get in trouble.
There was this voice that Arthur would sometimes make – he would refer to it as his baby voice.
‘Beforehand that was never an issue, but it became an issue not long after Miss Tustin arrived on the scene.’
He told how Hughes was ‘very open, very warm’ before meeting Tustin and ‘believed strongly in the family unit’.
그는 말했다: ‘Over the course of the relationship Tom’s behaviour and his mood significantly altered, 예.
‘We would argue more over minute, menial things.’
Asked by Hughes’ 법정 변호사, Bernard Richmond, how Hughes appeared after meeting Tustin, Mr Hughes responded: ‘He went into himself with his family – mum, dad and his brothers.
‘The ties became weaker and weaker, and he didn’t seem as invested in keeping that structure strong.’
Arthur was found with 125 areas of bruising on his body after dying from unsurvivable brain injuries on June 16, 2020.
The boy was said to have been denied water and food and ‘deprived of basic living comforts’.
Prosecutors claim Tustin shook and then slammed Arthur’s head on a hard surface while alone with him.
She claims the youngster died from self-inflicted injuries, a theory rejected by medical experts.
Hughes is alleged to have ‘intentionally encouraged’ 살해.
Text messages sent to Tustin included remarks by Hughes to ‘fill him in’, ‘take his neck off his c***ing shoulders’ and ‘get nasty’.
Tustin was also told to ‘give him away’ and ‘put him out with the rubbish’, jurors were told.
In a message sent 18 hours before Arthur was allegedly murdered, Hughes told Tustin: ‘Just end him’.
One witness claimed in court that Arthur was ‘too weak’ to even hold a glass of water to his mouth on the day before he collapsed.
They also said his clothes looked dirty, 그의 입술이 갈라졌다, 그는 겨우 입을 열 수 없었다, 그의 머리는 더러웠다, 그의 손톱은 더러웠고 그는 영양실조처럼 보였다, gaunt and worn-out.
Earlier in the trial, a medical expert said he believed Arthur was shaken and slammed with ‘very severe’ force.
Consultant neuropathologist Daniel Du Plessis said the chances of Arthur causing himself fatal head injuries were ‘inconceivable’.
평가판 열기, Hankin은 배심원들에게 말했다.: 두 피고인 모두 Arthur에게 상당한 피해와 고통을 주기 위한 잔인한 캠페인에 참여했습니다..
'폭력과 협박, 신체적, 언어적 모두, 일상적이었다.
아서의 눈에 보이는 상처, 그의 비참한 신체 조건과 명백한 절망은 각 피고에게 상대방이 그에게 해를 입힐 수 있는 기간을 매일 상기시켜 주었습니다.’