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CCTV of 'tortured' boy Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' last moments shown to jury in murder trial

Arthur's father and step-mother are on trial for killing the child after his head was hit 'repeatedly against hard surface'
Arthur's last moments were captured on CCTV, showing him too frail to lift his duvet

Arthur's last moments were captured on CCTV, showing him too frail to lift his duvet

Jamie McDowell

The heart-breaking last recorded moments of a six-year-old boy has been shown to a jury in the murder trial of his father and step-mother.

The footage shows Arthur Labinjo-Hughes saying ‘no-one loves me’ as he struggles to stand and then slumps to the floor in the living room of the family home in Solihull, West Midlands.

His father, Thomas Hughes (29) and step-mother, Emma Tustin (32), deny killing Arthur, who is seen walking awkwardly around the living room with a limp while holding a duvet in the CCTV footage.

Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes

The footage was taken in the final hours of Arthur’s life after he had allegedly been confined to sleeping in the living room, and had become so weak he could barely lift his duvet covers.

He is also heard saying “no-one is going to feed me” repeatedly in the shocking video.

Emma Tustin

Emma Tustin

In the trial, in which Hughes and Tustin also face charges of child cruelty, the court was told the boy died of a brain injury after a campaign of cruelty in which he was allegedly forced to stand for hours on end, was poisoned with salt and was deprived of food.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

The court was also played audio clips of Arthur crying which were sent from Tustin’s phone, with the court hearing Tustin would message Hughes after he left the house saying ‘started again’.

The court heard how Hughes had replied with terms such as ‘put him out with the rubbish’ and ‘kid is getting it when I get back’.

Arthur in many of the clips was heard calling out for his uncle and grandmother as well as asking for a drink.

The trial has heard how the boy was allegedly killed after his head was hit ‘repeatedly against a hard surface’.

Giving evidence Arthur’s uncle, Blake Hughes, said the boy had begun to cry after claiming Tistin had called him ‘ugly’ and pushed him into a wall.

He explained: “He (Arthur) 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.”

A prosecutor in the case, John Hankin, previously said: “Neither can begin to justify what they did to him. 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.”

Social services had been to Arthur’s home just two months before he died after concerns were raised about bruises on the boy’s back, but no action was taken.

The boy had moved into the care of his father after his mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, was accused of killing her partner in 2019.

Arthur died in Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital on June 17.

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