Evil mum of murdered tot Star Hobson may face longer prison sentence, family say

Frankie Smith, 20, could face more time in jail following an appeal over the leniency of her sentence after she watched her partner murder 16-month-old Star

16-month-old Star Hobson who died from
16-month-old Star Hobson who died from “utterly catastrophic” injuries at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire in September 2020

A mother who watched on as her toddler Star Hobson was brutally murdered could be handed extra jail time next month.

Frankie Smith, 20, stood by as girlfriend Savannah Brockhill, 28, murdered her 16-month-old daughter Star on 22 September 2020 following a campaign of abuse..

Smith was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of her own child and jailed for eight years in December at Bradford Crown Court

But her sentence could be extended as early as March following an appeal that it was unduly lenient.

Even Smith’s own relatives were shocked at the sentence which would see her serve just four years before being released from prison.

Her granddad Frank, was one of five people to contact social services about the injuries Star suffered including broken bones, cracked ribs, bruising and a 12cm skull fracture.

frankie smith


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Star Hobson as she is held by step mum who murdered her a month later

The 68-year-old told Sun Online how he thinks the sentence was “far too lenient” and that a hearing will take place on March 15.

He told how he wants justice for Star and that “it’s not right” for his granddaughter to leave prison aged 24 by which time she will have served just four years.

“She will have her whole life in front of her. That’s not justice, not in my eyes anyway,” he said.

Savannah Brockhill with baby Star

“I want to see her sentence increased to the maximum available to take into account the enormity of what she did.”

The maximum prison sentence for causing or allowing the death of a child is ten years but Frank said it should be longer.

He added: “The country is sick of these soft sentences and hearing lessons will be learned. We want justice to be served.”

Star suffered catastrophic injuries during her short life


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Smith phoned her grandfather David Fawcett, 61, from her cell and complained after hearing that her jail sentence could be increased.

The callous mum told him she was “a little upset” because her sentence was being reviewed.

Star was beaten so much that she was left unable to walk or stand by September 2020.

Smith turned a blind eye as Brockhill punched, kicked, pinched and slapped the helpless toddler in the three months prior to her death.

Her granddad David Fawcett alerted social services to the abuse

The pair managed to convince social workers the marks were accidental or that the complaints were made maliciously by people who did not like their relationship.

The Attorney General has been asked to review the sentences of the two women under the “unduly lenient sentence” scheme.

It comes after the killer of seven-year-old Emily Jones lost in her appeal against her life sentence.

Eltiona Skana, 31, slashed the schoolgirl across the neck with a craft knife after she rode her scooter towards her mum in Bolton on Mother’s Day.

Skana pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months following a court appearance last year.

Emily’s father said he felt “relieved” as her killer failed in her bid for a lesser sentence.

“I’m more relieved than happy but I think justice and common sense prevailed,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“We all know she’s a manipulative and dangerous individual and the three judges all saw that today.

“They were all quite happy that she had the capacity and self control to know what she was doing.

“She had some capacity – not full capacity, but she had some capacity – she knew what was right from wrong and she picked someone vulnerable, which was my beautiful daughter, and she did what she did.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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