Who is Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' dad Thomas?

THE evil father of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was convicted of manslaughter after a sadistic “campaign of cruelty” carried out by himself and stepmum Emma Tustin.

Thomas Hughes has since agreed to release Arthur's body so he can be buried 18 months after he was murdered.

Who is Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' dad Thomas?

Hughes, 29, left school at the first opportunity – becoming a Saturday morning football coach before working as a plasterer and then a builder’s labourer, reports suggest.

For a period of time he had been in a relationship with Arthur’s biological motherOlivia Labinjo-Halcrow.

The pair had met on Facebook while she was studying philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Nottingham.

But, by the the time Arthur was a toddler, Thomas’s partner was struggling withdeclining mental health and battling an unhealthy drink and drugs problem.

It resulted in an affair that ended in tragedy when the mother stabbed her new lover in the chest in February 2019.

Her arrest and jailing for manslaughter consequentially placed son Arthur in the full-time care of Hughes.

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When did Thomas Hughes meet Emma Tustin?

In August 2019, just months after his former partner had been arrested, Hughes met Emma Tustin through the Plenty of Fish dating website.

A court had heard how Tustin had left school with no qualifications and never worked.

At the age of 14 she was reprimanded over a brawl with another girl and at the age of 16 was cautioned for shoplifting.

At 17 she had her first child before a second came along just two years later.

In total she has had four children with three different men.

Speaking to the Mail the father of one of Tustin’s offspring described the 32-year-old as a “black widow."

He said: “She had no maternal instinct whatsoever. She wanted children for the attention they brought her as newborns, and for the child benefit.   

“She gets pregnant very quickly after starting a relationship because it gives her a degree of control over the man."

Revealing that she had a long history of isolating her partners from friends and family he added: "She sucks the life out of each man she gets together with.”

How long will Thomas Hughes be in prison for?

Hughes, 29, was caged for 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter.

During a lengthy trial, jurors were told how Arthur was once "cherished by all" while living with his dad in an annexe in the garden of his paternal grandparents.

But his previously "stable" life began to spiral when Hughes embarked on a relationship with Tustin.

Due to the 2020 national lockdown, the couple moved into Tustin's home in Shirley with Arthur – sparking a tsunami of abuse that eventually left the boy isolated, poisoned with salt and starved in his final months

Among the evidence, the jury found that his dad would apply pressure to his neck using techniques learned from watching videos about police brutality in America.

He cruelly tricked his son by pretending he was going to visit his grandparents – a place "he had felt safe" – but never made the journey.

Hughes also ripped up his beloved Birmingham City football shirt.

Horrified witnesses told how Hughes was "rough" and "aggressive" towards Arthur and demanded he call him "sir".

He also threatened to "rip" his six-year-old son's head off and "use it as a football" the day before he was killed.

In vile text exchanges read to jurors, Hughes told Tustin to dig his son's grave and "gag him with rope and a sock".

He also threatened to "take his c*****g jaw off his shoulders".

Hughes, 29, was caged for 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Tustin meanwhile had branded her stepson "Satan" and "Hitler" –  forcing him to wear a fluffy onesie for days during a baking heatwave.

The mum had repeatedly starved the boy as jurors were forced to watch her cruelly tucking into a McDonald's while Arthur was left in a hallway for 14 hours without food.

On June 16, 2020, the evil stepmum beat Arthur to death and then waited 13 minutes to call 999 – telling them that the youngster was "barely breathing" and that he had "headbutted the floor".

Paramedics arrived at the home to find Arthur "lying on his back, completely lifeless, quite pale with purple lips".

Arthur's frail body had 130 bruises and 93 different areas of injury – including on his head, arms, legs, feet and torso.

He was rushed to hospital but tragically couldn't be saved and died the next day.

A serious case review has since been launched into the shortcomings of authorities – including that Tustin was already known to children’s services over previous concerns of domestic violence.

West Midlands Police, too, has been probed by the police watchdog over its actions after worried family members raised concerns over Arthur’s safety.

On December 3, 2021, the boy’s father Hughes was caged for 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter.

His stepmother, Tustin, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 29 years after being found guilty of murder.  

On December 6, 2021, it was confirmed the killer dad has agreed to release his son's body so Arthur can be buried 18 months after he was murdered.

Hughes' lawyer Bernard Richmond QC said he had left the issue of his remains to his family and Arthur's mum Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, who is in jail for killing her lover.

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