Arthur's step-mum says boy, 6, beat HER and in police bodycam footage

Crocodile tears of Arthur’s evil step-mum: Self-pitying murderer says boy, 6, beat HER and claims he inflicted injuries on HIMSELF – as his cowardly father remains entirely silent in astonishing police bodycam footage

  • Emma Tustin killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by slamming his head on hard surface
  • Police bodycam footage has shown the moment Tustin claimed the boy hit her
  • Meanwhile, his father Thomas Hughes, 29, remained silent in the background
  • Today, Tustin was convicted of murder and Hughes convicted of manslaughter

Astonishing police bodycam footage has revealed the moment an ‘evil’ stepmother claimed a six-year-old boy hit her and inflicted injuries on himself, as she was found guilty of his murder today.

Emma Tustin, 32, killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and 29-year-old Thomas Hughes starved the youngster and poisoned him with salt.

Today, Tustin was convicted of murdering Arthur on June 17, 2020, while his father was found guilty of manslaughter – but cleared of murder – for encouraging the killing, including by sending a text message to Tustin 18 hours before the fatal assault telling her ‘just end him’.

Newly released police bodycam footage shows the self-pitying stepmother shedding tears as she claimed the six-year-old boy had actually beaten her and inflicted the injuries on himself.

Newly released police bodycam footage shows Emma Tustin shedding tears as she claimed six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes had actually hit her and inflicted the injuries on himself

In the sickening footage, captured on June 16 last year, Tustin claims that Arthur threw himself on the floor and hit her after he was told to hit on the ‘thinking step’.

She claimed the youngster inflicted the injuries on himself by banging himself on a radiator and ‘head-butting the floor on all fours’.

As Tustin spoke to the officer, Arthur’s father Hughes remained completely silent, standing in the background and watching the exchange.

She continued: ‘Basically, he’d gone out to get me a birthday card and cake for the kids. Arthur was told to sit on the thinking step and Arthur threw himself all over the floor.

‘He’s banged himself on the radiator, he’s hit me, he’s kicked me in the process of me trying to get him back on the thinking step.

‘He’s then gone on all fours on the floor and I’ve told him to get up and I’ve shut the door. All I heard was a crack, he was head-butting the floor on all fours. 


Emma Tustin, 32, (left) killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and 29-year-old Thomas Hughes starved the youngster and poisoned him with salt

In the bodycam footage, captured on June 16 last year, Tustin claims that Arthur (pictured with Hughes) threw himself on the floor and hit her after he was told to hit on the ‘thinking step’

‘I said “Arthur you’re going to hurt yourself, I’ve phoned your dad” and he said “I don’t care”. 

‘At that point he was fine, and then he dropped his head again as I’ve tried to bear hug him and pick him up, and he head-butted the floor three times.’

Taking the police officer into the doorway of the home, she pointed to the area in the doorway where she claimed Arthur hit his head.

She added: ‘It’s concrete, there’s no underlay under that. But he banged his head three or four times, he’d knocked himself unconscious. I picked him up, put him on the sofa poured water in his mouth.’

When asked by the officer what she did when he banged his head, Tustin says: ‘I came out, told him to get up, he told me no. So I tried to bear hug him and put my arms underneath him and pick him up and he dropped and he banged his head another three times on the floor.’

Seeming to become tearful, Tustin says that Arthur ‘hit’ and ‘kicked’ her as she tried to lift him up off the floor, while her partner Hughes stood next to her and remained silent.

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