Thu. May 19th, 2022

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes suffered an 'insurmountable brain injury' in June 2020 after being subjected to months of abuse, the Coventry Crown Court heard

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes suffered an ‘insurmountable brain injury’ in June 2020 after being subjected to months of abuse, the Coventry Crown Court heard

A six-year-old boy said ‘no one loves me’ as he begged for mercy before being murdered, a court heard.

Gut-grabbing audio clips of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ desperate requests for help were played to jurors at Coventry Crown Court, where his father, Thomas Hughes, 29, and stepmother, Emma Tustin, 32, are on trial for his murder.

Arthur was left with an ‘insurmountable brain injury’ in June 2020 after being subjected to months of abuse, including being starved and ‘poisoned’ with salt, it is alleged.

The schoolgirl died after his head was hit ‘repeatedly against a hard surface’, prosecutors say.

Tustin is said to have taken a picture of Arthur as he lay dying in the hallway of her home in Solihull, West Midlands, the court was told.

Prosecutor Jonas Hankin, QC, told how the alleged abuse corresponded to the ‘medical definition of torture’.

He was left alone for up to 14 hours a day without food, drink, clothing or a bed, the jurors heard.

Arthur was heard shouting: ‘I want to go to nanny’ and ‘no one loves me, no one wants to feed me today’ in audio files retrieved from Tustin’s phone.

A DAD and his girlfriend have been arrested on suspicion of murder after his 'naughty' six-year-old son died of head injuries.  Tom Hughes, 27, and Emma Tustin, 31, are being held after Arthur Hughes, six, died of serious head injuries sustained at their home in Solihull, West Mids.

Arthur’s stepmother, Emma Tustin, pictured, and his father, Thomas Hughes, deny murder and child abuse

A DAD and his girlfriend have been arrested on suspicion of murder after his 'naughty' six-year-old son died of head injuries.  Tom Hughes, 27, and Emma Tustin, 31, are being held after Arthur Hughes, six, died of serious head injuries sustained at their home in Solihull, West Mids.

Arthur was subjected to ‘significant physical and mental suffering’ during a ‘fight against cruelty’, prosecutors claim

It is said that she has registered more than 200 files of the six-year-old in ‘various stages of distress’, including one crying over her uncle Blake and saying:’ Please help me, help me uncle, they do not feed me , I need some food and a drink. ‘

In another shocking clip, he said: ‘No one loves me. No one is going to feed me today. ‘

A witness told how the once happy and healthy boy seemed ‘broken’ on the day of his death, June 16 last year.

The witness described how Arthur ‘secretly’ asked them for a drink of water while Hughes and Tustin were in another room – but had to hold the glass to the boy’s mouth as he was ‘too weak to hold it himself’.

Hankin told jurors how both defendants participated in a ‘fight against cruelty’, including routine physical and verbal violence and intimidation, to cause Arthur ‘significant harm and suffering’.

A touching note was left among the flower shelves of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Flower tributes to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes after his death last June (Photo: BPM MEDIA)

‘None of them can begin to justify what they did to him. Arthur was a defenseless child who was completely dependent on them for his well-being.

‘For opaque reasons, Arthur became a target of ridicule, abuse and systematic cruelty designed to cause him significant physical and mental suffering.’

Hughes had full-time responsibility for Arthur after his mother, Olivia Labinjo, was convicted of manslaughter in 2019.

Hughes and Tustin deny homicide and child abuse.

The trial continues and will hear further evidence next week.

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