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Stepmother who tortured and killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes NEVER mentioned him, cellmate says

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A stepmother who was convicted of murdering Arthur Labinjo-Hughes after ‘torturing’ him never mentioned the boy while awaiting trial, according to her former cellmate. 

Emma Tustin was given a life sentence with a minimum of 29 years for the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes on June 17, 2020. She killed Arthur by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface.

Tustin and her ex-partner Thomas Hughes inflicted a ‘cruel and systematic campaign of cruelty’ against his son, which included forcing Arthur to stand for up to 14-hours a day alone, depriving him of food and water and poisoning him with salt.

Hughes, 29, was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter – but cleared of murder – for encouraging the killing, including by sending a text message to Tustin 18 hours before the fatal assault telling her ‘just end him’.

But as it was revealed their ‘lenient’ prison sentences are set to be referred to the Attorney General, Tustin’s former cellmate Elaine Pritchard told the Sunday Mirror that Tustin never mentioned Arthur during the six weeks they shared a cell.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is understood to have ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the murder of the six-year-old, which will involve social services, police, schools and probation watchdogs. 

Emma Tustin’s former cellmate Elaine Pritchard claimed Tustin (pictured) never mentioned her stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during the six weeks they shared a cell

Speaking about sharing a cell with Arthur’s stepmother, Elaine claimed Tustin told inmates she was being held in Eastwood Park prison in Gloucestershire because her ex-partner Hughes had ‘neglected’ his son.

Elaine, who was recalled to prison for battery and criminal damage, told the publication: ‘Emma hadn’t said anything about Arthur dying. She never mentioned him.’

She claimed she only found out about Tustin’s charges after finding her case paperwork, with Elaine saying she grew ‘angry’ after reading about Arthur’s 130 bruises, resulting in the pair having a row.

She claimed she asked Tustin how she didn’t notice Arthur’s bruising while giving him a bath, to which she alleged Tustin responded that she ‘gave him a towel’.

Elaine, who also gave evidence at Tustin’s trial, added: ‘I pressed the bell and said if the prison officers didn’t get her out then I’d be staying there a long time.’

Emma Tustin was given a life sentence with a minimum of 29 years for the murder of Arthur, six, on June 17, 2020. His father Thomas Hughes was also given life sentence for manslaughter

Emma Tustin was given a life sentence with a minimum of 29 years for the murder of Arthur, six, on June 17, 2020. His father Thomas Hughes was also given life sentence for manslaughter

Tustin's former cellmate Elaine claimed she told inmates she was being held in Eastwood Park prison in Gloucestershire because her ex-partner Hughes had 'neglected' his son

Tustin’s former cellmate Elaine claimed she told inmates she was being held in Eastwood Park prison in Gloucestershire because her ex-partner Hughes had ‘neglected’ his son

Tustin was moved to a different cell, but inmates began lacing her meals with salt after learning about how she had poisoned Arthur, Elaine claimed.  

Elsewhere, was reported that the Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into Arthur’s death that will involve social services, police, schools and probation watchdogs.

The inquiry has been designed to ‘learn lessons’ from the six-year-old’s death and to try and prevent a similar tragedy happening again, according to The Times. 

The investigation is expected to be formally announced on Sunday, while Mr Johnson reportedly said he will leave ‘no stone unturned’ during the inquiry.

The wide-ranging probe will reportedly consider whether to introduce safeguarding guidelines for at-risk children if there are any future lockdowns.

New figures showed that nearly 50,000 vulnerable children may have ‘dropped off the radar’ of social services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number of new cases referred to children’s services departments fell by 45,220 – or 7 per cent – from 2019-20 to 2020-21. 

The total dropped to 597,760 for the year to March 2021, the lowest figure since records began in 2013.  By contrast, the total for 2018-19, before the pandemic, was 650,930.

The Department for Education said the sharp reduction was driven by a fall in referrals from schools, which were closed for most pupils during lockdown.

Tim Loughton, a former children’s minister, said the pandemic had put vulnerable children such as Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at greater risk.

‘There was an increase in child abuse because of course they were off the radar,’ he told the Daily Telegraph. 

A former children’s commissioner also suggested the lockdown helped Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes carry out their reign of terror largely unchecked.

Tustin and Hughes (pictured with Arthur) inflicted a 'cruel and systematic campaign of cruelty' against his son, which included depriving him of food and water and poisoning him with salt

Tustin and Hughes (pictured with Arthur) inflicted a ‘cruel and systematic campaign of cruelty’ against his son, which included depriving him of food and water and poisoning him with salt

Boris Johnson is understood to have ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the murder of Arthur (pictured), which will involve social services, police, schools and probation watchdogs

Boris Johnson is understood to have ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the murder of Arthur (pictured), which will involve social services, police, schools and probation watchdogs

It comes after it was announced that the ‘lenient’ prison sentences handed to Tustin and Hughes are set to be referred to the Attorney General in a bid to see the pair’s time behind bars extended.

Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes were both jailed for more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur, but could face a harsher sentence after Solihull MP Julian Knight warned their case will be passed onto Britain’s chief legal advisor.

Tustin was given a life sentence with a minimum of 29 years while Hughes was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years. The minimum term before her case is considered by a parole board is 29 years.

But Mr Knight, speaking as he lay flowers outside the youngster’s home in Solihull, West Midlands on Saturday, said he intends to refer Tustin and Hughes’ case to the ‘unduly lenient sentencing scheme’ – meaning the pair’s time behind bars could be extended.

Meanwhile harrowing video footage shows Arthur’s evil stepmother devouring a McDonald’s takeaway while the doomed six-year-old boy starves in the hallway last summer.

Both Tustin, 32, and Hughes, 29, can be seen tucking into ice creams at her Solihull home in West Midlands in June 2020. As the couple relax on the sofa, Arthur is left to stand by himself in the hallway, wearing a fluffy onesie in sweltering temperatures.

Today, in poignant scenes set to be replicated at football grounds across the country, thousands of supporters marked Arthur’s short life with a rousing minute of applause at one top-flight match.

Hughes (pictured), 29, was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter - but cleared of murder - for encouraging the killing

Hughes (pictured), 29, was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years after being found guilty of manslaughter – but cleared of murder – for encouraging the killing

Applause rang out from the capacity crowd at West Ham’s London Stadium as fans of the Premier League side and league leaders Chelsea shared a touching tribute in the six-minute of their match. 

Similar shows of respect are expected at the 3pm kickoffs at other Premier League grounds on Saturday, as well as at Coventry, West Brom and other West Midland clubs later today.

In other clips, recorded on the couple’s home security footage, Tustin scoffs into two separate boxes of McDonald’s, while a starving Arthur is left to his own devices. 

Tustin and Hughes starved the youngster, force-fed him salt-laden dishes and made him stand alone for more than 14 hours a day, in a degrading, punishing and hellish regime over the last painful months of his life. 

Speaking in Solihull on Saturday, Mr Knight said: ‘There’s a palpable sense of real loss and tragedy over this and also, frankly, a sense of anger, and questions over how this was allowed to happen, how these monsters were allowed to inflict this horrible torture on this young, defenceless boy.

‘My view is very simple on this. We need to get to the bottom of how this happened and we need to ensure that those who have failed him are accountable.

‘But also I think anyone reflecting on those sentences yesterday thinks that they were too lenient and my intention is to refer this to the unduly lenient sentencing scheme as soon as possible and I will be doing that on Monday morning.’

It comes as neighbours revealed Tustin’s violent side previously saw her chase an ex-boyfriend with a garden spade – underlining the turmoil that Arthur was forced to live alongside up until his final days. 

Speaking to CoventryLive, one neighbour, who did not wish to be named, claims she saw Tustin armed herself with a garden spade and angrily chased away an ex-boyfriend.

The neighbour explained: ‘She was a nutcase, a fruit loop. One day, her ex came down the road, there had been a row, and she was chasing him down the road with a garden spade.’

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Julian Knight, MP for Solihull, leaves behind flowers at the home of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes after warning he will refer the child’s case to the Attorney General for a sentence review

Today, in scenes set to be replicated at across the country, thousands of football supporters at The Den, London, marked Arthur's short life with a rousing minute of applause

Today, in scenes set to be replicated at across the country, thousands of football supporters at The Den, London, marked Arthur’s short life with a rousing minute of applause

Elsewhere, players wore 'Arthur we love you' t-shirts and held a banner in pre-match warmups ahead of Birmingham City FC's game against Millwall on Saturday

Elsewhere, players wore ‘Arthur we love you’ t-shirts and held a banner in pre-match warmups ahead of Birmingham City FC’s game against Millwall on Saturday

The ‘evil’ stepmother was also said to have rowed with neighbours in disputes over cats.  

‘As soon as she moved in she gave a woman a few doors down a nervous breakdown about cats’, the neighbour added.

‘She was shouting ‘get your cats to stop s***ing on my driveway’. As if you can do that?’

Social workers, police and teachers are facing damning questions after a six-year-old boy’s stepmother was found guilty of his murder – and his father convicted of manslaughter – after the pair tortured, starved and beat him to death. 

Emma Tustin killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and 29-year-old Thomas Hughes starved the youngster and force-fed him food laden with salt. 

After killing Arthur, Tustin immediately fetched her mobile phone to take a photograph of him as he lay dying in the hallway to send to her boyfriend. 

She called 999 and told the operator Arthur had ‘banged his head’. 

After police arrived at her Solihull home, the self-pitying stepmother cried and tried to convince them the stick-thin boy had attacked her – while several miles away he lay dying in hospital. 

He passed away the next day when his life support was turned off, with medics deciding there was nothing they could do due to the catastrophic nature of his injuries. 

After concerned relatives told the council about bruises on the youngster’s back, social worker Jayne Kavanagh and support worker Angela Scarlett-Coppage visited Tustin’s home but reported ‘no concerns’ after carrying out cursory checks. 

Tustin and Hughes had ‘coached’ Arthur and one of Tustin’s other children to pretend his injuries were the result of a play-fight. 

A day before Arthur died of ‘unsurvivable’ head injuries inflicted by Tustin, he had been rendered ‘too weak’ even to hold a glass of water to his mouth. 

Applause rang out from the capacity crowd at West Ham's London Stadium as fans of the Premier League side and league leaders Chelsea shared a touching tribute in the six-minute of their match

Applause rang out from the capacity crowd at West Ham’s London Stadium as fans of the Premier League side and league leaders Chelsea shared a touching tribute in the six-minute of their match

A tearful Birmingham City FC fan claps as the club and its supporters marked the life of youngster Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

A tearful Birmingham City FC fan claps as the club and its supporters marked the life of youngster Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

The 130 areas of bruising found on the little boy’s body after his death equated to ‘nearly a bruise for every day of lockdown’. 

Meanwhile, social workers wanted to be anonymous when they gave evidence to the court, it can be revealed.

Jailing Tustin and Hughes on Friday, Mr Justice Mark Wall QC said the couple’s campaign of cruel abuse against the defenceless youngster had been ‘without doubt one of the most distressing and disturbing cases I have had to deal with’. 

He said of little Arthur: ‘He was a healthy, happy young boy. He enjoyed his food, liked school, loved playing cricket and football and adored spending his time with his extended family.

‘He had been poisoned with so much salt that the levels of sodium in his blood could not be accurately and reliably measured. I am sure that you had also been poisoning him with smaller doses of salt for some time. 

‘It is the only explanation for Arthur being heard regularly to cry out for food while rejecting the food that you prepared for him and offered him. It explains why you had been restricting his access to free water for some time.

‘He had been completely isolated from his extended family. He was forced to live a solitary and lonely life within your home, including being made to stand to attention alone in the hallway of the house for most of the day.

‘He was made to sleep downstairs on the hard floor without a mattress. 

‘In the last three months of Arthur’s life he was subjected to the most unimaginable suffering at the hands of both of you.

‘You both told lies to conceal what was happening in that house.’

Addressing Hughes, he said: ‘You, I am sure, researched pressure pointing Arthur and then did it. Not in the playful way you suggested but as an attempt to cause maximum pain with minimum injury.’ 

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Croatian President calls PM ‘Ukrainian agent

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Zoran Milanovic

 

 

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovic an agent of Ukraine on Friday; two days after the latter apologized to Ukrainians over the president’s comments on NATO deployments.

 

In a televised address on Tuesday; Milanovic said that Zagreb would withhold its troops from Eastern European NATO contingents if the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border spirals into a full-blown conflict.

On Wednesday, Plenkovic dismissed the president’s statement as “nonsense,”claiming that; the Croatian contingent stationed in Poland had already returned and apologized to the Ukrainian people.

 

Milanovic, the commander-in-chief, hit back in an interview with Croatia’s RTL TV, suggesting that Plenkovic’s loyalties appear to be misplaced.

 

Let him apologize. He acts like a Ukrainian agent, and I act like a Croatian president. That’s a huge difference.

 

 

Asked if he feels the need to apologize, Milanovic said, “No way. I think the prime minister is an ordinary poltron who goes where he doesn’t belong.” “All I’m interested in is the Croatian interest,” he added.

 

In his statement on Tuesday; the president accused the US of agitating the geopolitical situation in the region amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border.

 

“This has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia. It has to do with the dynamics of American domestic politics.”

ALSO READ: Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reaffirm Ukraine ceasefire

 

Milanovic claimed he is trying to steer Croatia clear of a potentially disastrous conflagration involving Russia.

 

The Croatian leader said that Ukraine must start solving “the problem” it has with the “separatists” in the country’s east through negotiations; noting that Moscow has not recognized breakaway republics either.

 

He added that Kiev should “not constantly confront the thermonuclear and hypersonic power, Russia. It is not Serbia. Whoever encourages them to do so is a dangerous charlatan, and there are many in Europe.”

ALSO READ: NATO rejects Russia’s ‘red line’

 

Milanovic’s comments on NATO have earned him a place on Kiev’s “Peacemaker” database for “anti-Ukrainian activity,” and he’s been accused of justifying “Russian aggression.”

 

He told RTL TV that he’s “neither a Ukrainian enemy nor a Russian friend” but is rather focused on the well-being of his own country.

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Brutal lady gives man beating of his life (Photos, Video)

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A trending video has surfaced on social media where a lady was seen giving a man the beating of his life as onlookers refused to separate them.

It was clearly a role reversal as the lady, holding a bag on one hand was seen flinging the man down several times forcefully.

Brutal lady beats man

The incident happened in one of the Asian countries. No one knows what could have led to the fight.

The video was posted by Nollywood actress, Queeneth Hilbert on her Instagram page.

While people watched, the lady, with no underwear on, was tearing the sorry man apart, as she rained blows on his face.

An elated Hilbert wrote after posting the video: “Like what did I just watch ? 😱 Drop the motherfuckin bag bitch 🤦‍♀️ Tag someone who can do this 👆”

The video has garnered thousands of views and lots of comments, with the women happy that a ‘weaker vessel’ has pummeled a man to submission in a one-sided fight.

Comedia OkonLagos wrote: “Hmmmm… It’s fun and games now. It would be a different ball game if the reverse was the case.”

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Obidinma Ijeoma wrote: “Just imagine, she was not wearing wig n holding a hand bag .. brutal oh.”

As for Empress 5887, “😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Jesus Christ how can a lady beat a man like this?”

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Official_gracey said: “I’m happy she gave him what he deserve 😌.😂😂😂”

Butrish Mercy wrote: “Some guys deserves this kind of beating to reset their brain…😂😂😂😂😂😂”

According to saint 12392, “This one no be full girl oh,Okwa girl in man form, These is bobrisky In woman Form.”

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From Mu, Delta, IHU to NeoCov, here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

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From Mu Delta IHU to NeoCov here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

 

The deadly coronavirus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan during the year 2019. Over two years and the world is still battling the virus and its variants. Here is a list of the variants

Mu variant

The ‘Mu’ variant was first reported in the United States during January 2021. The cases only numbered in the single digits.

The World Health Organisation continues to classify ‘Mu’ as a ‘variant of interest’ globally.

 

Alpha variant

The Alpha variant of coronavirus is believed to have gained ‘skills’ to successfully block the ‘innate immune system response.’

A research states that the variant blocks the airways sensors, thus stopping the process where these sensors ‘warn’ the immune system about the presence of a virus in the body.

Since the variant has learnt how to block the functioning of the sensors, the body is unable to produce any anti-viral protein interferon.

 

Beta variant

A scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Sage claimed, John Edmunds, warned that the Beta variant  may be able to evade Covid vaccines.

“The Beta variant has remained a threat throughout. It is probably less infectious than the Delta variant that is spreading here in the UK at the moment. Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent,” he said.

 

Gamma variant

The Gamma variant was first discovered in Brazil.

Samples of a study collected in Manaus between November 2020 and January 2021, highlighted that the Gamma variant is 1.4–2.2 times more transmissible.

It further showed that it is capable of evading 25–61 per cent of inherited immunity from previous coronavirus diseases.

 

Lambda variant

The variant was first reported in Peru during December 2020. As per NHS, the main symptoms include high temperature, continuous cough, a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.

 

ALSO READ: 4 covid safety behaviours the NHS is asking people to do as Plan B restrictions lifted

 

 

The Delta variant of coronavirus was responsible for a wave of cases in most countries. It was first identified in India and it led to a second wave in the nation.

 

Delta variantCDC claimed that the Delta variant is twice as contagious as earlier variants; and might could cause more severe illness.

Those affected by the Delta variant experience fever, cough, loss of taste, smell, as well as extreme tiredness. Sore throat, headache and diarrhea are also less common symptoms.

 

 

 

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