Arthur's 'grandmother was threatened with ARREST for trying to help'

Tragic Arthur’s ‘grandmother was threatened with ARREST for trying to help’: Police ‘told worried relative she would be breaking Covid rules if she visited six-year-old boy before he was ‘tortured and murdered by his parents

  • Police ‘told Thomas Hughesmother not to see Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at house
  • West Midlands Police worker was said to be reluctant to accept pictures of boy
  • They highlighted alleged abuse Arthur suffered, Coventry Crown Court heard
  • Arthur allegedly killed after abuse at the hands of Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin
  • Tustin and Hughes have denied murder and multiple counts of child cruelty
  • Police told the grandmother of a boy allegedly murdered by his parents she would be arrested if she returned to the house for breaking Covid rules, 법원이 들었다.

    An officer told Thomas Hughesmother and brother Daniel not to see Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 육, at the house in Solihull, 웨스트 미들랜드, 배심원은 들었다.

    The West Midlands Police worker was said to be reluctant to accept pictures highlighting the alleged abuse Arthur had suffered, Coventry Crown Court heard.

    Daniel told jurors he never heard back from the force despite the images showing bruises on the boy’s back.

    The youngster was allegedly killed after suffering devastating abuse at the hands of Hughes, 29, and his new partner Emma Tustin, 32.

    The couple subjected Arthur to systematic abuse ‘designed to terrorisethe youngster, 법원은 들었다.

    Arthur was allegedly deprived of food, forced to stand in a hallway for 14 hours a day and poisoned with salt before being killed at his home last June.

    Tustin and Hughes deny murder and multiple counts of child cruelty.

    Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 육, was allegedly killed after suffering systemic abuse which matched the 'medical definition of child torture'. His father Thomas Hughes, 29, and stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, deny murder and child abuse

    Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 육, was allegedly killed after suffering systemic abuse which matched the ‘medical definition of child torture’. His father Thomas Hughes, 29, and stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, deny murder and child abuse

    Tustin (사진) and Hughes are said to have subjected Arthur to systematic cruelty 'designed to torture' the youngster

    Tustin (사진) and Hughes are said to have subjected Arthur to systematic cruelty ‘designed to torturethe youngster

    Jurors were today told how Arthur’s uncle and paternal grandmother raised concerns with social services and police in April 2020 after finding the bruises.

    She took photographs of the injuries to the boy’s back before telling social services she was ‘concernedfor her grandson.

    But the secondary school teacher said in evidence: ‘They did not want to see them. I did offer but they did not want to see them.

    Mrs Hughes claimed Arthur confided to her how Tustin had also banged his head against a wall and called him a ‘horrible little brat’.

    Daniel claimed he also sent photos of the youngster’s bruises to police after trying to visit Tustin’s home with other relatives, but never heard back.

    그는 말했다: ‘I went on the West Midlands Police webchat to enquire as to what I could do for the safety of my nephew.

    ‘I had a webchat with an operative. He gave me a case number and within ten minutes a private number called me.

    ‘A police officer identified himself, who said he had been around to the address and spoke with Miss Tustin and Tom. We were advised if we were to return to the address we would be arrested.

    ‘I said I had photos of Arthur’s injuries and I didn’t believe that if he had seen those injuries, he would be happy that he was okay.

    ‘He reluctantly received the photos and said he would speak to his sergeant and get back to me. He never did.

    Arthur collapsed with 'unsurvivable brain injuries' on Tuesday, 유월 16, and died the following day at Birmingham children's hospital

    Arthur collapsed with ‘unsurvivable brain injuries’ 화요일에, 유월 16, and died the following day at Birmingham children’s hospital

    The court also heard the ‘bullyingfather told a doctor to say ‘sorryto his boy before his life support was switched off.

    Hughes sobbed ‘it’s all my faultafter being informed no more could be done for Arthur, 배심원은 들었다.

    The trial in Coventry heard a policeman describe the moment a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital informed Hughes over the telephone that further treatment for Arthur would be futile.

    PC Cameron Bennett told jurors: ‘He was very upset. 그는 말했다 ”it’s all my fault, it’s all my fault”.

    ‘He asked the consultant to apologise to Arthur on his behalf to tell him that he was sorry.

    Prosecutors allege Arthur was subjected to months of cruelty by Hughes and Tustin which matched the ‘medical definition of child torture’.

    The boy died from ‘unsurvivable brain injurieshours after allegedly being attacked by Tustin on June 16.

    PC Bennett, who was monitoring Hughes after he was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, claimed Hughes admitted ‘clippingArthur to the back of his legs and said: ‘Then I spend an hour sitting in the shower crying about it.

    Hughes was said to have added: ‘He tested me last nightI gave him a smack on the legs.

    Hughes (왼쪽) is accused of forcing his son to endure 'physical and psychological' abuse in the weeks before his death

    Hughes (왼쪽) is accused of forcing his son to endure ‘physical and psychologicalabuse in the weeks before his death

    Coventry Crown Court heard when Hughes was arrested and held in custody he began to ‘deliberatelyhit his head more than 200 times against the cell wall.

    CCTV also showed Hughes motionless and facing the wall of his cell for 30 minutes before hitting his head.

    In his first interview with police officers, just hours after Arthur had died, Hughes told how he had struck his son for ‘lashing out’.

    그는 말했다: ‘I almost felt the more I clipped him the more he would try and push the boundaries and get more aggressive.

    ‘It became almost a tale of two egos. Like his dad’s ego that Arthur should be showing respect to the adults in the house.

    ‘And Arthur’s ego ofwhat boundaries can I push because I’ve never had these boundaries before”.

    ‘It comes across as two egos that have clashed. And unfortunately this is the outcome.

    Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (pictured above with his father), 육, was found with dozens of bruises from his head to his feet, post-mortem examinations showed

    Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (pictured above with his father), 육, was found with dozens of bruises from his head to his feet, post-mortem examinations showed

    Arthur had been in the full-time care of Hughes after Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow was accused of killing her new partner, Gary Cunningham, 2 월 2019.

    Hughes then fell ‘hook, line and sinkerfor Tustin, jurors were told, and moved into her home when the country entered lockdown in March 2020.

    그의 경찰 인터뷰에서, Hughes said Arthur ‘struggledwith his mother being in jail and the impact of lockdown.

    그는 말했다: ‘Because Arthur was still experiencing these behaviour issues because of lockdown he took the brunt of my frustration.

    ‘He would get a smack more than he should. I think that was because I was frustrated.

    ‘As horrible as it sounds, I couldn’t hit my partner because she’s a woman. I couldn’t lay a finger on her or her children.

    ‘So Arthur took the brunt of my frustrations unfairly.Hughes admitted giving Arthur a ‘little clipor a ‘tap to the head’, 그러나 추가: ‘I don’t feel like I’m a bad dad.

    Prosecutors allege Tustin murdered the youngster when she was home alone with him, and Hughes ‘intentionally encouragedthe killing.

    안에 999 call made 12 minutes after Arthur was found unresponsive, Tustin claimed his head injuries were self-inflicted. She claimed he had ‘banged his head while on the floor on all fours’.

    Arthur was said to have spent more than 14 hours ‘segregated and isolatedin a hallway and made to sleep on a living room floor.

    Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow (사진), 26, was previously caged for 18 years after she knifed boyfriend Gary Cunningham 12 times in a drunken rage at their home

    사진: Gary Cunningham

    Arthur’s natural mother Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow (왼쪽), 26, was previously caged for 18 years after she knifed boyfriend Gary Cunningham (권리) 12 times in a drunken rage at their home

    It is also alleged he was deprived of food and drink. Jurors heard text messages between Hughes and Tustin talking of alleged abuse.

    Hughes threatened to ‘take his jaw off his shouldersand told Tustin: ‘Just gag him or something. Tie some rope around his mouth with a sock in it or something.

    Under questioning, Hughes told police: ‘I’m sure when you go through my phone, you’ll find things from me that I say to Emma: ‘just whack him, just do this, do that’.

    ‘Emma every time said ‘no, he’s not my child’, she refused to do it.’ 그는 덧붙였다: ‘She never put a finger on him. To the best of my knowledge, anyway.

    Hughes said he ‘slappedand ‘whackedArthur for calling Tustin a ‘fat, ugly b****but denied ‘losing control’.

    Neighbour Mary-Anne Smith told the jury she heard ‘roaringthrough the walls of their semi-detached homes.

    She said that she had heard a man’s voice telling someone to ‘face the walldon’t move’.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘To be honest, I didn’t really take a lot of notice of what was said. I just heard a lot of roaring. A lot of swearing, and whatever.

    ‘It wasn’t anything concerning. Nothing where anyone was being harmed. [그것은] things you hear from every household, to be honest with you. I wasn’t concerned.

    Describing a meeting with Hughes two weeks before Arthur was allegedly murdered, Miss Smith said: '나는 말했다 ”you okay?”.

    그는 말했다 ”if you hear my son saying please don’t kill me, he’s got issues, he suffers from ADHD or autism”. 나는 말했다 ”don’t worry to be honest I didn’t hear anything”.’

    The court heard how one witness claimed Arthur was ‘too weakto even hold a glass of water to his mouth.

    They also said his ‘clothes looked dirty, his lips cracked, he could barely open his mouth to speak, his hair was dirty, his nails were dirty and he looked malnourished, gaunt and worn-out.

    Earlier in the trial, a medical expert said he believed Arthur was shaken and slammed with ‘very severeforce.

    Consultant neuropathologist Daniel Du Plessis said the chances of Arthur causing himself fatal head injuries were ‘inconceivable’.

    Opening the trial, Jonas Hankin, QC, told jurors: ‘Both defendants participated in a campaign of cruelty intended to cause Arthur significant harm and suffering.

    ‘Violence and intimidation, both physical and verbal, were routine.

    ‘Arthur’s visible injuries, his miserable physical condition and obvious despair provided each defendant with a daily reminder of the lengths to which the other would go to cause him harm.

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