Our thanks to Alan for this. He writes:
“A father and his partner have been found guilty of the killing of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
The boy was starved, tortured and neglected by Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin, eventually dying of a head injury in June 2020 while in the care of his stepmother. At Coventry Crown Court, Tustin was convicted of murder and Hughes found guilty of manslaughter.”
It’s a shocking and disturbing story of how the father and his female partner abused a young boy. In the end the child was poisoned by the woman and then had his head repeatedly banged into a hard surface until he died. All of this occurred while the woman was alone in the house with the child. Despite the killing having occurred while the father was not in the house, the prosecution argued that he was equally culpable.
The father was certainly complicit with, and participated in the sustained abuse of the child but how is he guilty of manslaughter when he is not present while the woman of her own volition poisoned and then beat him to death? If the circumstances were reversed is there any chance at all that she would have been convicted of manslaughter?
I have no sympathy for the father who deserves to be jailed for the abuse that he inflicted on the child but it’s the perennial issue of men being held repsonsible for women’s actions as well as their own. The prosecution tried to argue he was as responsible, this must be under the theory that women are not responsible for bad deeds but under the influence of men. Is there any chance at all if a child was abused by both parents and then murdered by the father while he was alone with the child that the woman would be convicted of manslaughter? She would probably be excused the abuse on the basis that the father forced her to do it.
Our last general election manifesto is here.
If everyone who read this gave us £5.00 – or even better, £5.00 or more, monthly – we could change the world. £5.00 monthly would entitle you to Bronze party membership, details here. Benefits include a dedicated and signed book by Mike Buchanan. Click below to make a difference. Thanks.
Nobody connected with J4MB has ever drawn any personal income from the party’s income streams. If you’d like to support Mike Buchanan financially, you can do so via his Patreon account or through Bitcoin, his account address is 1EfWxqDAtgJDCR3tVpvVj4fXSuUu4S9WJf . Thank you.