Star Hobson: Evil mum’s 8-year jail term could be made longer following review

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Frankie Smith, 20, and Savannah Brockhill, 28, treated 16-month-old Star with ‘frank cruelty’ and both were sentenced this week. Smith was given just eight years behind bars

Star Hobson was brutally murdered
Star Hobson was 16 months old when she was murdered

Frankie Smith’s prison sentence for her role in the death of her 16-month-old child, Star Hobson, could be made longer, an MP has suggested.

Smith was sentenced to eight years in jail alongside her partner, Savannah Brockhill, 28, who will be locked up for a minimum of 25 years.

Health minister Gillian Keegan today said Smith’s sentence “doesn’t sound enough” and suggested Attorney General Suella Braverman could send the case for review.

News of Star’s brutal killing and the cruelty she was exposed hit headlines shortly after the horrific death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, who was killed by his stepmum.

Speaking to LBC about Star’s case, Ms Keegan said: “It doesn’t sound enough, as a human being, it doesn’t sound enough.

She lost half the blood in her body and suffered damage to her internal organs before dying
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“It’s a shocking, shocking case – I mean, it’s quite unbelievable.

“And also the case of poor Arthur (Labinjo-Hughes) as well. I mean, it’s just unbelievable.

“I mean, obviously the judge and the jury have made their… they recently passed the sentence but, you know, I guess the Attorney General has that power as well. So I don’t know…”

She added: “It doesn’t fit within my remit but it fits within hers (the Attorney General’s), so I’m sure that she’ll be having those conversations.”

A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have received a request for these sentences to be considered under the unduly lenient sentence (ULS) scheme.

“The law officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.”

Star’s great-grandfather, David Fawcett, led questions as to why police and social services failed to act despite five different family members and friends raising concerns with them in the eight months before Star died.

Mrs Justice Lamber said during sentencing at Bradford Crown Court this week: “Those who loved Star are as bewildered as they are angry and sad at all that has been lost.”

Tory minister Gillian Keegan on LBC
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She said: “(Star) was 16 months when she was murdered. Her short life was marked by neglect, cruelty and injury.

“She was murdered by you, Savannah Brockhill. Frankie Smith, it was your role as her mother to protect Star from harm.”

Star was exposed to assault similar in level of forces to those associated with a road traffic accident, Justice Lambert said.

Frankie Smith, 20, could see her prison sentence extended
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Savannah Brockhill was found guilty of Star’s murder
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The toddler lost half the blood in her body and suffered damage to her internal organs before dying.

Justice Lambert added: “Only you both know what triggered that fatal assault.

“The violent attack which led to Star’s death was not, however, an isolated event.”

The judge said Star was also found to have suffered two brain injuries, numerous rib fractures, the fracture and refracture of her leg, and a skull fracture.

Star Hobson and her heartbroken great-grandfather David Fawcett, 61
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Mrs Justice Lambert pointed to footage shown during the trial, which saw Star “clearly desperately in need of sleep” falling off her chair and “dangerously hitting her head on the floor”.

She said both defendants filmed the incident and “you both found this funny”.

The Attorney General’s office has already said it will review the sentence of Arthur’s stepmother, Emma Tustin, 32, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years at Coventry Crown Court on Friday for his murder.

The sentence of the youngster’s father, Thomas Hughes, 29, who was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter, will also be looked at.

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