Inside jail housing killer step mum Emma Tustin – with pink cells and TVs


Emma Tustin, 32, will spend at least 29 years in prison after murdering her six-year-old stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at her home in Solihull, West Midlands.

Emma Tustin was convicted of murdering her six-year-old stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Emma Tustin has begun her sentence in a private prison where inmates can watch television, use step-counters and even decorate their own cells.

The wicked step mum, who murdered six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, is starting her life sentence at HMP Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.

A recent Watchdog 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.”

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

However, it is not clear whether the most serious offenders are granted this privilege.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was poisoned with salt and beaten by step mum Emma Tustin
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Tustin has already had a tumultuous time behind bars where she has been threatened, bullied and booted out of her cell after killing her stepson at her Solihull home, West Midlands.

Former cellmate Elaine Pritchard claimed she kicked Tustin out of her cell at her one-time residence at HMP Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire, when she discovered the horrific number of bruises found on Arthur’s body.

Prisoners also tormented Tustin by throwing salt at her during her trial amid accusations she used the ingredient to poison the little boy, Birmingham Live revealed.

It is believed her food has also been laced with salt by inmates, just like Arthur’s meals were before his death.

At HMP Peterborough, she has been put into isolation for he own protection meaning she has no contact with other inmates and eats, washes and exercises on her own.

Tustin, who refused to stand in court to face her sentence, has already mentally deteriorated in prison where she will spend a minimum term of 29 years.

Prisoners are allowed to decorate their cells at HMP Peterborough

Her barrister Mary Prior QC told Coventry Crown Court that she had been “subjected to bullying and threats of violence” and remains a high suicide risk after making two attempts on her own life.

Tustin’s former lover, Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, is also likely to find life tough in jail after he was jailed for 21 years for the boy’s manslaughter.

Reports online earlier this week claimed that the 29-year-old had been seriously assaulted by an inmate which officials denied.

Tustin’s latest lockup at at HMP Peterborough opened in March 2005 and is run by Sodexo Justice Services.

It is the only purpose-built prison in the country to accommodate both male and female criminals, who are kept separate at all times.

The female prison can house almost 400 inmates across its ten wings which includes a special unit for those with long and life sentences, such as Tustin.

One cell was painted pink, with pink curtains and a pink heart decoration hanging in the corner

In March, it was visited by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons which concluded it was “safe, calm and well-ordered” despite some need for improvement.

The report added: “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 also stated that toilet screening was inadequate, especially in shared cells, and that the showers lacked privacy which deterred women from using them.

The inspection touched upon all aspects of life at the jail which had then reverted to a more restricted regime due to Covid-19 with inmates spending up to 23 hours a day in their cells.

One measure implemented was to provide a television to everyone who wanted one.

It was said the women’s prison managed the pandemic well despite outbreaks on the men’s side of the site.

The gym had to be closed in the female prison and most inmates did not take up exercise sessions that were offered in the yard due to the area being overlooked, it was stated.

The report said weight management was an ‘important’ issue for prisoners who were encouraged to use pedometers.

Her partner Thomas Hughes, Arthur’s dad, was convicted of his son’s manslaughter
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Tustin, who starved Arthur and fed him paltry sandwiches, could have access to a varied menu at the prison which offers a range of food including healthy options.

The watchdog found almost one in five women surveyed felt unsafe and one third felt victimised by staff or other prisoners at HMP Peterborough.

It observed that, while violence had decreased, the use of force from staff had increased and was applied disproportionately to young adults in segregation.

Incidents of self-harm were below pre-Covid levels and case management of women at risk of suicide was good, it added.

However inspectors found ‘anti-ligature’ clothing was used on a small number of women which did not always seem necessary.

A more recent report from the Independent Monitoring Board published in October stated the Covid-19 regime implemented at HMP Peterborough “cannot be deemed humane” but was in line with requirements set by the HM Prison and Probation Service.

Tustin and Hughes were convicted of two child cruelty counts relating to wilfully assaulting Arthur and forcing him to stand in isolation in a hallway for up to 14 hours a day.

The little boy was subjected to ‘systematic’ abuse at Tustin’s home during the first lockdown last year.

Tustin was found guilty of two further cruelty counts of depriving Arthur food and water as well as poisoning him with salt.

She repeatedly hit his head on a hard surface last June and he died in hospital at 1am the following day having suffered catastrophic head injuries.

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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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