Evil stepmum was asked to move cells and food laced with salt, says inmate

The cellmate of the 'evil' stepmum who tortured and murdered Arthur Labinjo-Hughes asked guards for her to be moved – or something bad might happen and the fellow inmate would face 'longer time in jail'.

Elaine Pritchard, who shared a cell with twisted Emma Tustin for six weeks while she was on remand awaiting trial, told prison officers if they didn't get the callous killer out of her cell then "I'd be staying there a long time".

And she revealed that other inmates laced Tustin's food with salt after they learned how she poisoned Arthur, six, with it.

Elaine, who was being held at Eastwood Park prison, Glos, on prison recall for battery and criminal damage, said she confronted Tustin when she read her case file and discovered Arthur had 130 bruises.

She told the Sunday Mirror: "We had a fight – it was me more than her. I got angry because I'd read about how he had 130 bruises and 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.

"Some of the things we did were cruel – but she was crueller to Arthur so she deserved it."

Elaine said Tustin, who was this week jailed for 29 years, tried to hide her horrific crimes from other inmates and told inmates she was being held in prison because Hughes, 29, "neglected" his son.

The lad was poisoned, starved, and finally beaten to death in a campaign of horrific abuse.

As well as details of devastating violence inflicted on Arthur, Coventry Crown Court heard Tustin and Hughes imprisoned him for 14 hours a day in a hall at her home in Solihull, West Mids.

He was also denied food. Sickening footage showed the couple eating ice cream while the little boy starved.

Watchdogs are now investigating after jurors heard Arthur's family had raised concerns with social services and police.

And the Attorney General's Office confirmed the evil couple's sentences will be reviewed to "determine whether they were too low" after local MP Julian Knight vowed to refer the case to the Unduly Lenient Sentencing scheme.

Mr Knight said: "There's a palpable sense of loss and tragedy and also a sense of anger and questions as to how this was allowed to happen, how these monsters were allowed to inflict this horrible torture on this young defenceless boy."

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A petition calling for the killers to receive whole-life orders has already been signed by more than 89,000 people.

Arthur’s image appeared on a big screen yesterday as footy clubs honoured the little Birmingham City fan.

Matches played by the Blues, West Brom and Wolverhampton Wanderers stopped after six minutes so fans could clap for him.

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