Football fans pay tribute to murdered schoolboy Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
- Arthur Labinjo-Hughes died of a head injury after being hit by his father
- His mother, Emma Tustin, was jailed for 29 years for murder and child cruelty
- Football clubs across the UK paid tribute to the murdered young boy
Football fans across England on Saturday paid a touching tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, a six-year-old schoolboy who was murdered by his parents.
A picture of the Birmingham City fan was projected onto a big screen during fixtures around the country as he was honoured in a minute-long tribute, with supporters clapping for the youngster.
Fans at Birmingham City, who Arthur supported, tweeted on Saturday that players and fans staged a “touching tribute” by also clapping during their game away at Millwall. There are plans for another tribute for the team’s game at Cardiff.
His mother Emma Tustin was jailed for 29 years on Friday for murder and child cruelty and Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, was given 21 years of a prison sentence for his manslaughter.
But the Attorney General is expected to be asked to review the “lenient” jail sentences given to the couple. Solihull MP Julian Knight called for longer jail terms for the “horrible monsters”.
Arthur died of a head injury after being hit by Tustin on June 16.
During the sentencing, the judge said Arthur had been, at the time Tustin was introduced into his life, a “healthy, happy young boy”.
But less than three months after moving in with Tustin at the start of the first national lockdown, the little boy was left “broken” from exposure to a campaign of “acute or prolonged abuse,” he said.
Tustin was also convicted of two counts of child cruelty, including salt-poisoning and withholding food and drink from Arthur.
She had admitted two other cruelty counts, wilfully assaulting Arthur on three occasions and isolating him, including by forcing him to stand in the hallway for up to 14 hours a day as part of a draconian punishment regime.