Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, is currently in jail for the manslaughter of her boyfriend leading to little Arthur being placed in the care of his father, Thomas Hughes, who was jailed for his killing alongside ‘evil’ stepmother Emma Tustin. Now the harrowing details of his mother’s fall from grace have been unearthed, showing how she went from an “intelligent” student to a killer.
During Labinjo-Halcrow’s initial trial, Coventry Crown Court heard how the six-year-old’s birth mother was an “intelligent woman” who was “academically successful in school and attended university”.
But a life of drink led to violence and subsequently the killing of her boyfriend.
She was initially jailed for murder after the killing of 29-year-old delivery driver Gary Cunningham in their home at Frensham Way, Birmingham, in February 2019.
At the time of her sentencing, Mrs Justice Amanda Tipples spoke of the “lie after lie” which Labinjo-Halcrow told about her crime.
Labinjo-Halcrow and Mr Cunningham, who met on an alcohol awareness course, both “drank too much and had mental health problems”, according to the judge.
Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, is currently in jail for the manslaughter of her boyfriend leading to little Arthur being placed in the care of his father, Thomas Hughes, who was jailed for his killing alongside ‘evil’ stepmother Emma Tustin.
Now the harrowing details of his mother’s fall from grace have been unearthed, showing how she went from an “intelligent” student to a killer.
Mrs Justice Tipples said: “There were fights. Gary was violent to you and you were violent to Gary.
“It was not all one-way.
“You were as bad as each other.
“You told lie after lie about the extent of the violence inflicted on you by Gary.”
The judge told her: “You are an arch manipulator, to get what you wanted with who you wanted.”
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Mrs Justice Tipples, concluding there was no element of self-defence to her crime, added: “You are an intelligent woman, academically successful in school and attended university.
“You used that intelligence to tell this jury an extensive and elaborate series of lies you made up after you killed Gary in order to describe the relationship where you had been the victim.”
Mr Cunningham, the victim, was stabbed four times, once in the chest and three more times in his left leg, including a fatal blow behind his knee which was 11cm deep.
Mrs Justice Tipples said: “However drunk and drugged you were that morning, I’m quite sure you know what actually happened.”
She added: “After you had been arrested you told them (police) he had killed himself.
“You were taken out of the flat and walked past his dead body covered with a sheet.
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“You didn’t show a flicker of emotion.
“You stepped over his dead body.”
Labinjo-Halcrow’s conviction was later quashed after an appeal but she was found guilty of manslaughter after a retrial at Birmingham Crown Court in July, 2021 and sentenced to 11 years.
Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, and stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, were both tried and convicted for the manslaughter respectively of young boy last week.
A fatal head injury by Tustin led to the horrific death of the young lad on June 16 last year.
Tustin was given a minimum of 29 years for the murder of young Arthur, with Hughes being given 21 years for manslaughter.
Tributes poured in for the football fanatic on social media after the conviction of Tustin and Hughes.
Aston Villa tweeted: “Villa Park unites with a minute’s applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
“We all love you, Arthur.”
Manchester United tweeted: “We invite our fans to join others across football honouring the memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with applause in the sixth minute of today’s game.
“Rest in peace, Arthur.
“Our thoughts are with you and those who loved you.”