Frankie Smith, 20, who is in a cushy single cell in the same women’s jail as mass murderer Rose West, is “a little upset” her prison sentence for daughter Star Hobson’s death could be reviewed, her grandad has revealed
The mother of murdered tot Star Hobson whinged after hearing that her jail sentence could be increased.
Callous Frankie Smith, 20, phoned her grandad David Fawcett from her cell to complain about the development the day after she was jailed for eight years over her 16-month-old daughter’s brutal death.
Smith’s girlfriend, security guard Savannah Brockhill, 28, was sentenced on Wednesday to a minimum 25 years for murdering Star, who suffered months of torture, cruelty and neglect.
The Attorney General has been asked to review the sentences of the two women under the “unduly lenient sentence” scheme.
David, 61 – one of two relatives still in touch with Smith – told the Sunday People : “She phoned me on Thursday and she’s a little upset because they’re reviewing the sentence. People don’t think eight years is long enough.
“She’s upset about it, to be honest. She’s lost a daughter and has to live with that for the rest of her life, that’s all she talks about.”
Smith, who stood by as her girlfriend kicked, punched and throttled her daughter, was cleared of murder at Bradford crown court, West Yorks, but convicted of causing or allowing death.
The maximum sentence is 14 years but Smith could be out in four with good behaviour and custody before trial.
Law officers have 28 days from sentencing to make a decision.
Star died in September last year after being airlifted to hospital. Medics said her internal injuries were similar to those seen in car crash victims.
Her mother and Brockhill called her “it” and even rowed via text messages about who held her under the water longest in the bath, the trial heard.
Now Smith is in a cushy single cell in the same women’s jail as mass murderer Rose West, we can reveal. She will serve her sentence on the Willow House wing of New Hall prison near Wakefield, West Yorks.
Smith, from nearby Keighley, has a single cell to herself but will eat in the wing’s dining area and shower in a communal block, a source said.
They told the Sunday People: “She’s a marked woman and it won’t be long before someone gets to her. She’s on the lifers’ wing so there are plenty of women with very little to lose who will attack her for the price of a few chocolate bars or toiletries.”
Grandad David, a postman who is the long-term partner of Smith’s grandmother Anita, plans to visit her in jail after Christmas but admits their contact has caused conflict. “The family are torn,” he said. “I’m also getting a lot of grief from members of the family so I have to run that gauntlet a bit.
“We were always close, like father and daughter. It’s like losing two of them – Star and Frankie. Up until 18 Frankie was brilliant. She lived with us for two years, Anita taught her to cook – we never had an argument.
“When Savannah came along everything changed. She got into Frankie’s head and turned her into this vile nasty person. It’s awful.”
David, of Baildon, West Yorks, spoke to the Sunday People on Friday, a year to the day after Star’s funeral.
He recalled: “It was a beautiful day for baby Star, clear blue sky.
“Because of Covid restrictions we could only have 15 there for the service, but more were allowed around the grave and we had flowers and balloons.
“The three hardest things in my life were when we heard she was killed, when I had to carry her coffin into the funeral service and going through the court side of things. Last Christmas was the first without Star and it was really sad. This year is going to be
exactly the same. It will take a long time to get over it.”
David and Anita visited a Christmas tree in Keighley where a star bearing the tot’s name has been placed.
A sleigh is due to pass near their home with a giant star on the back in tribute to her this afternoon.
David hopes to fit her grave with a star-shaped headstone, adding: “That will be a special moment.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.