The evil step-mum who tortured and murdered six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes didn’t mention her victim once whilst awaiting trial, an old prison cellmate has claimed.
Emma Tustin – whose vile abuse on Arthur included starving him and forcing him to stare at a wall for hours each day – was sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum of 29 years on Friday.
According to her former cellmate, the wicked 32-year-old did nothing but wallow in self-pity whilst she was awaiting the verdict.
Elaine Pritchard, who shared a cell with Tustin at Eastwood Park prison for six weeks while she was on remand, told the Sunday Mirror: “Emma hadn’t said anything about Arthur dying. She never mentioned him.”
“She always felt sorry for herself. One day she came back from a plea hearing and was upset, so I asked, ‘What’s wrong?’
“She said, ‘He didn’t look at me, Tom never looked at me’. That was the only time I saw her upset about anything.”
At first, Elaine didn’t know the truth about Tustin’s brutal reign of terror as the step-mum had blamed it on Arthur’s dad, Thomas Hughes, 29 – who was charged with manslaughter for his role in the tragedy.
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But when Elaine read the court papers and saw the charges faced, she was livid.
She said: “We had a fight – it was me more than her. I got angry because I’d read about how Arthur had 130 bruises.
“I asked how she wouldn’t notice when she gave him a bath. She said she just used to give him a towel.
“I pressed the bell and said if the prison officers didn’t get her out then I’d be staying there a long time.”
Elaine, who was not paid for her interview with the paper, said prisoners put salt in Tustin’s food as that’s what she had done to young Arthur.
“Some of the things we did were cruel,” she admitted. “But she was crueller to Arthur so she deserved it.”
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