Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Aston Villa and Birmingham City unite to pay respect to murdered six-year-old

In the sixth minute Aston Villa pay tribute to Arthur with a minute's applause

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Aston Villa are to pay respect to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during their Premier League match with Leicester City on Sunday.

The club tweeted: 'Aston Villa will pay tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with a sixth-minute applause at Villa Park on Sunday.

Aston Villa have tweeted their sadness at the 'cruel tragedy.'
Aston Villa have tweeted their sadness at the 'cruel tragedy.'

'Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened by Arthur’s heartbreaking passing.

'Our thoughts are with all affected by this cruel tragedy. Rest in Peace, Arthur.'

This follows an announcement from rivals Birmingham City, who Arthur supported, that they would also be marking his passing in the sixth minute of their Championship game with Millwall on Friday night.

The Blues tweeted: 'We love you, Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

'Together with @MillwallFC, we will be remembering Arthur in the sixth minute of tomorrow's game.'

Millwall also tweeted in memory of Arthur.

The south London club said: 'Rest in peace, Arthur.'

Emma Tustin, 32, was convicted on Thursday of murdering the defenceless boy who had been subjected to a campaign of “evil” abuse. She has been sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison.

Her partner and Arthur’s father, 29-year-old Thomas Hughes, was found guilty of manslaughter, after his son suffered an “unsurvivable brain injury” on June 16, 2020. Hughes was jailed for 21 years.

Tustin carried out the fatal assault while in the sole care of Arthur at her home in Cranmore Road, Solihull, violently shaking him and repeatedly banging his head, likely against the hallway wall.

She then callously took a photograph of the unconscious youngster on her mobile phone, while he lay dying in her hall, then sending the image to Hughes.

Tustin then took 12 minutes to call 999, instead first ringing Hughes, before lying to medics and later police that Arthur “fell and banged his head”.