Arthur’s last desperate hours: Father and stepmother tortured and tormented little boy, 6, to his dying day… as harrowing home video hears frail child’s final desperate whimpers of ‘no one loves me
The harrowing last recorded moments of a ‘tortured’ six-year-old boy show him struggling to pick up his duvet from the floor where he was forced to sleep for days on end – just hours before he was savagely murdered by his father and stepmother.
Stepmother who murdered six-year-old Arthur
The youngster had been subjected to months of ‘unimaginable’ abuse by Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32. Today Tustin was convicted of murder; and Hughes of manslaughter, for encouraging the killing. They were both convicted of multiple counts of child abuse.
In the haunting video, Arthur is seen struggling to stand before slumping to the floor of the living room. He cries ‘no one loves me’ four times as he struggles to walk to the other side of the room while appearing to be suffering from a limp.
Arthur suffered an unsurvivable brain injury after suffering systematic abuse which matched the ‘medical definition of child torture’, including being deprived of food, made to stand for 14 hours a day and poisoned with salt.
The jury was also played voice notes of Arthur crying that were taken by Tustin during her and Hughes’ campaign of cruelty.