The judgments of a father and a stepmother jailed for the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes are under review.
Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes were both jailed for their roles in the boy’s death.
Tustin was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 29 years for murder after a trial in Coventry Crown Court, while Hughes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for manslaughter after encouraging the killing.
Now their judgments have been referred to the appellate court for being too lenient, said Attorney General Suella Braverman. according to Der Spiegel.
Arthur suffered an irreconcilable brain injury while remaining in the sole care of his father’s “bad” partner, 32-year-old Tustin.
She was jailed on December 3, 2020 after being convicted of murder by attacking defenseless Arthur in the hallway of her home on Cranmore Road in Solihull on June 16, 2020.
Arthur, whose body was also covered in 130 bruises, died in the hospital the next day.
“Manipulative” and “Calculating” Tustin was unanimously convicted after an eight-week trial of the boy’s “merciless” father, Thomas Hughes, 29, found guilty of manslaughter after promoting the murder.
Hughes’ “infatuation” with Tustin had “obliterated” all love for his son, said Judge Mark Wall QC and sentenced him to 21 years in prison.
Ms. Braverman referred the case to the Court of Appeals, saying: “This is an extremely worrying and troubling case involving a young child who is clearly at risk.
“Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes have grossly abused their trust and continued to subject an innocent child they should have been protecting to emotional and physical abuse.
“I understand how troubling the public found this case, but it is my job to determine whether a sentence appears unreasonably mild based on the facts of the case.
“I have carefully examined the details of this case and decided to refer the judgments to the appeals court as I think they are too low.”
A date for the oral hearing before the Higher Regional Court has not yet been set.
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