The grandad of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, who was tortured, poisoned and beaten to death by his dad and stepmum, has said the boy's killers must never go free.

Distraught Peter Halcrow, 61, has spoken out after Arthur's dad Thomas Hughes, 29, and his partner Emma Tustin, 32, were jailed for life for his murder last Friday.

Peter said he was “shocked and mystified” as to how social workers had missed sins that the six-year-old was being starved, poisoned and beaten before his death.

He told The Sun: “They must never see the light of day again. No punishment could ever be enough for this pair.

Emma Tustin, 32, has been jailed for life for murdering Arthur (

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"I have never favoured the death penalty because I know mistakes can be made by courts, but in my view they have forfeited their right to live.

“They should certainly never leave prison as long as they live for such cruelty and inhumanity.”

Peter, from Dunkeld, Perthshire, said that he felt physically sick while following the court case online, and added that he hadn't realise how much his grandson had suffered until the case.

"I don’t think I’ll ever get over this.”

The 61-year-old, who was born in Glasgow, had Arthur’s mum Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow with wife Madeleine in 1993 but the couple split and he moved to Perthshire.

Arthur fell into the care of his dad Thomas Hughes in February 2019 (

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The 6-year-old was tortured and poisoned before his death (

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Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 28, and Thomas Hughes had Arthur after moving to West Midlands but their relationship broke down and she and Arthur moved in with her new lover Gary Cunningham.

Shortly after, Arthur's mum was arrested and charged with the murder of boyfriend Cunningham and was then jailed for 11 years.

As a result of her arrest in February 2019, Arthur fell into the care of dad Hughes.

Hughes and partner Tustin are said to have taken advantage of the Covid restrictions and tortured, poisoned and starved Arthur before Tustin beat him to death in June last year.

People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address in Solihull (

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Arthur's gran wept as hundreds of balloons were released into the air (

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The Attorney General’s Office has since confirmed the killers' sentences will be reviewed, with Justice Secretary Dominic Raab adding that he “fully supports” the move.

An investigation will also be led by Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel chief Annie Hudson to ensure the fatal failures are not made again.

Thomas Hughes, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter (

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Emma Tustin was convicted of murder (

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On Sunday, the community gathered in Arthur's home town of Solihull, West Midlands, for a balloon release in his memory.

Arthur’s gran Madeleine Halcrow wept as hundreds of balloons were released into the air.

Meanwhile, Ofsted will hold a separate inspection focusing on the safeguarding agencies in Solihull.

Arthur's body currently remains in a mortuary because both families are allegedly not agreeing on who is organising the funeral.

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