Boy, 6, cried ‘no one loves me’ hours before being murdered by father and stepmother, court hears
By SEAMLESS DAILY
24 November 2021
Harrowing audio footage has captured the moment a six-year-old boy cries out "no one loves me"- just hours before he was allegedly murdered by his father and stepmother.
Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, are accused of killing Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at their home in Solihull, West Midlands, last June.
the court heard the youngster suffered an unsurvivable brain injury after being subjected to a campaign of cruelty which amounted to the "medical definition of child torture '.
arthur was poisoned with salt, deprived of food, made to stand for 14 hours a day before his death, jurors were told.
On Tuesday jurors were played the CCTV footage of Arthur struggling to move his duvet after being forced to sleep in the living room for the fifth day in a row.
The schoolboy was later killed as a result of having his head banged 'repeatedly against a hard surface' at the hands of Tustin, it is alleged.
In audio clips released alongside the video by West Midlands Police, played to the court today, little Arthur is also heard saying 'no-one is going to feed me' seven times in 44 seconds.
Hughes and Tustin deny murdering Arthur and multiple counts of child cruelty.
Arthur's uncle Blake Hughes told the court last month the youngster broke out in tears after claiming that Tustin had pushed him against a wall and branded him 'ugly ’.
he said : 'he said his mum didn't love him and had abandoned him.
'He then started to break out crying.
He went on to say nobody loved him."
Jurors have been told how Tustin would send Hughes voice notes of Arthur crying whenever he left the house.
He also sent texts saying that he would take his "c***ing jaw off his shoulders", it is alleged.
Earlier this week Hughes admitted he would also use "pressure points on Arthur's neck to discipline him" after seeing videos about police brutality in the USA online.
He said he would use these pressure points for "about 10 to 15 seconds" to “ help discipline him. ” Prosecutor Jonas Hankin said the pair routinely physical and verbally abused Arthur to cause him "significant harm and suffering".
Arthur was a defenceless child entirely dependent on them for his well-being.
"Arthur became a target for derision, abuse and systematic cruelty designed to cause him significant physical and mental suffering for reasons which are unfathomable."
Arthur was taken to Birmingham's Children ’ s Hospital and his life support was turned off in intensive care at 1am on June 17.
The trial continues.
the jury heard tustin would often message hughes within minutes of him leaving the home with an audio file of arthur crying accompanied by a text saying words to the effect of "started again" or "still going."
The prosecution said Tustin recorded more 200 voice notes during a three-month period.
he has also been recorded asking for a drink, while in other clips tustin's voice could be heard saying "stand still" and issuing other similar instructions.
in what were the final hours of arthur's life, jurors were told he was so weak and frail he could barely lift the covers as he woke up on the morning of june 16 last year.
Hughes would reply with messages such as 'dig Arthur's grave ',' I 'll take his neck off,' and the 'kid is getting it when I get back".
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