Evil stepmum of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ‘put in prison isolation for her own protection’

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ stepmum Emma Tustin is reportedly in protective custody in HMP Peterborough after she was jailed for life for murdering the six-year-old at their home in Solihull

Emma Tustin has been jailed for life for murdering Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
Emma Tustin has been jailed for life for murdering Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

The evil stepmum of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ is reportedly in prison isolation after being jailed for murdering the six-year-old.

Emma Tustin, 32, who was sentenced to 29 years behind bars, is now said to be in protective custody at HMP Peterborough.

This means she is not in contact with any other inmates and eats, washes and exercises on her own.

It comes after she and Arthur’s dad Thomas Hughes, 29, were jailed for killing the six-year-old at their home in Solihull.

A source told The Sun : “Every effort is being made to protect her from attack. Like it or not, prison officers have a duty to keep order and the rule of law inside.

Little Arthur’s dad and stepmum made him sleep on the floor, poisoned him with salt and eventually killed him
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“In her case, they’re gritting their teeth to do it but she’s a massive target. It’s only a matter of time before someone takes a chance to do her in.”

Sodexo Justice Services, which runs HMP Peterborough, has been approached for comment about Tustin being in protective custody.

Tustin and Hughes were jailed at Coventry Crown Court last week.

Hughes was imprisoned for 21 years for manslaughter, while Tustin was sentenced to life after being convicted of murder.

The Mirror previously revealed how Tustin is being offered a parenting course in prison as part of her life sentence.

She forced Arthur to sleep on the floor, poisoned him with salt and banged his head as part of a catalogue of abuse that horrified the nation.

Tustin is reportedly being held in protective custody in HMP Peterborough

The course is intended to help her “manage certain aspects of her personality” and “deal with her way dangerous beliefs,” a source said.

“The phrase ‘too little, too late’ springs to mind,” they added.

Tustin was already targeted by other prisoners during her trial, BirminghamLive reports.

Her former ‘pad mate’ Elaine Pritchard claimed she booted her out of her cell at her one-time residence in HMP Eastwood Park, in Gloucestershire, after she discovered the horrific number of bruises found on Arthur’s body.

And Birmingham Live revealed inmates tormented Tustin by throwing salt at her during her trial amid the accusation she poisoned the boy with it – a crime she was ultimately convicted of.

Thomas Hughes has been jailed for 21 years for manslaughter
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Reports followed that her food also been laced with the kitchen condiment by inmates – just as Arthur’s meals were before his death.

She is now serving her sentence in HMP Peterborough – a private jail in Cambridgeshire.

It opened in March 2005 and is run by Sodexo Justice Services, which states it is the ‘only purpose-built prison in the country to accommodate both male and female residents, who are kept separate at all times’.

The female establishment has a capacity for nearly 400 inmates and has ten wings including a unit for those with long and life sentences, such as Tustin.

In March it was visited by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons which concluded it was ‘safe, calm and well-ordered’, despite some need for improvements at the time.

Describing the living conditions a report said: “Women were able to personalise their cells, which they appreciated, and many we saw were painted in bright colours, which women said made them feel more homely.

“There was sufficient space for women who shared cells that were designed for two people, but for the small number who shared cells designed for one person, living conditions were cramped.

“Toilet screening was inadequate, especially in shared cells.”

It included a picture of a one cell painted pink, with pink curtains and a pink heart decoration hanging in the corner. Another image showed a pastel-themed double cell with yellow and pink walls and a blue storage unit.

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