What is Arthur's Law?

A NEW law will see child killers never be released from prison, following the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

The proposals, known as 'Arthur's Law', have been backed my the Prime Minister, as the Government looks to toughen rulings for such "abhorrent crimes".

What is Arthur's Law?

'Arthur's Law' would see anyone who carries out the murder be locked away in prison indefinitely.

On 6 December, Boris Johnson vowed to bring in the new law so evil child killers will die behind bars.

The Prime Minister defined the law to The Sun as: “Anyone who plans then carries out the murder of a child should never be released from prison.

“So we’re toughening the law to make whole-life orders the starting point for such abhorrent crimes.”

Mr Johnson also last night cracked the whip on bringing forward a rapid review on toughening up the sentences handed down to tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s killer father and stepmother.

Emma Tustin, 32, was jailed for life, with a minimum of 29 years, and dad Thomas Hughes could be out after just two-thirds of his 21-year sentence for manslaughter.

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Together they inflicted horrendous pain on little Arthur, six, by beating the defenceless lad and poisoning him with salt.

The PM’s intervention comes after Arthur’s grieving grandfather demanded the killers “must never see the light of day again” and The Sun launched our “Justice For Arthur” campaign.

Peter Halcrow, 61, said he was “shocked and mystified” as to how social workers had failed to raise the alarm as the boy was starved, poisoned and beaten to death.

And he added: “No punishment could ever be enough for this pair.”

When will it be passed?

The Government will now amend the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that is currently working its way through Parliament, to bring pre-meditated child murder into line with the most serious offences against children.

On 6 December, heart-wrenching scenes were witnessed in Parliament as MPs across the political divide united to pay tribute to Arthur and demanded to know why “things went so horrifyingly wrong”.

They blasted the “too soft” sentences handed to his evil dad and stepmum, and demanded judges lock them up and “throw away the key”.

What are the current laws for child murderers?

At the moment, life sentences apply for abducting and then murdering a child, or murdering them with a sexual or sadistic intent.

Plotting to kill a child and then committing the act will now be added to that list.

Mr Johnson added: “This will be no solace to the friends and family of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes who have my deepest sympathies and condolences.”

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