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Woman accused of murdering boy, 6, was ‘pissed off as she had to pause Corrie’

Emma Tustin, 32, and Thomas Hughes, 29, are accused of murdering six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes – a court today heard how Tustin texted Hughes saying she was “pissed off as she had to pause Corrie”.

Birmingham City fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was found unresponsive at a home in Solihull, on June 16 last year

A woman accused of murdering a six-year-old sent messages to his dad saying she was “pissed off as she had to pause Corrie”, a court heard.

Birmingham City fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was found unresponsive at a home in Solihull, on June 16 last year.

His dad Thomas Hughes, aged 29 and his girlfriend Emma Tustin, aged 32, have been accused of murdering the child, which they deny.

Prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC told Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday how on June 12, Tustin sent Hughes a string of messages where she complained about the six-year-old, Birmingham Live reports.

Showing the jury CCTV footage from the evening which appeared to show Tustin lying under a duvet, Mr Hankin said she had texted Hughes complaining about his child before sending him an audio clip of the boy crying.



Tributes to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six, outside a home on Cranmore Road in Shirley, Solihull
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She then texted him saying: “P***ed me off he has. Paused Corrie.”

Hughes replied: “Kid is a selfish little c*** I’ll dash my food off his head.”

Tustin sent another text complaining about Arthur calling her upstairs.

She said: “Far from impressed. Just want a cosy night on my setee in my duvet that’s all.”

Mr Hankin also told the jury how Arthur allegedly spent a whole 14 hours in the hallway in one day.



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Tustin texted Hughes that night saying: “Wants his momma now. Why is he still going? Please hurry up.”

Det Con Herrick said Arthur was made to spend so many hours in the hallway, while also confirming he slept on the floor in the living room that night, despite free beds upstairs.

On day three of the trial, the court also heard how Tustin told Hughes “cya” when he told her she couldn’t have him without having his son too.

During a text exchange in late May 2020, she said: “I want you but I don’t want him. I’m sorry he treats me like s***.”

Hughes replied: “It can’t be one and not the other. Unfortunately it’s got to be both or none,” to which Tustin said: “Cya.”



Police outside a home on Cranmore Road in Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, where Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six, was found injured
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During a hearing on the second day of the trial, the court heard how Arthur was recorded saying: “No-one loves me”, as well as ” Daddy’s going to throw me out the window”.

It is alleged Tustin carried out the fatal assault while in sole care of Arthur at her home in Cranmore Road, Solihull, and fetched her mobile phone immediately afterwards to take a photograph of the youngster as he lay in the hallway.

Prosecutors claim that, despite having her phone, she took 12 minutes to call 999, telling medics that Arthur “fell and banged his head and while on the floor banged his head another five times”.

He died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on June 17. A post-mortem examination confirmed his death was caused by a head injury.

Hughes, 29, and Tustin, 32, deny murder and child cruelty. The trial continues.




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