A British woman was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for beating and murdering her 6-year-old stepson, while the minor’s father was charged with murder and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
The investigation determined that Emma Tustin and the father of the child, Thomas Hughes, carried out a campaign of abuse against Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, who was beaten and forced to starve and then to eat food covered with a lot of salt, points out The Independent.
On June 16, 2020, Tustin severely hit the boy on the head, causing him multiple wounds and a brain injury which, according to doctors, could not be treated. His life support machine was off June 17. At the time of his death, Arthur had 130 wounds on his body.
According to the sentence, Tustin will have to spend a minimum period of 29 years in jail.
Judge Mark Wall declared that the boy was the victim of “the most unimaginable suffering”, and accused the parents of behavior “often malicious and sometimes sadistic”. “This is without a doubt one of the most distressing and disturbing cases I have ever had to deal with,” highlighted quoted by The Guardian.
The Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case sparked outrage and shock across the country. In this regard, Boris Johnson’s spokesman declared that the prime minister called the details of the story “deeply disturbing” and stressed that “no child should ever suffer in the way” in which Arthur suffered. “It is clear that there are questions that must be answered in order to get to the bottom of how this happened,” he said.