A TOUCHING mural in honor of the tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has appeared after it was revealed he could finally be buried.
The poignant artwork shows the six-year-old in a blue Birmingham City jacket kicking a soccer ball.
Disney graffiti artist spray painted the mural on the side of a restaurant in Birmingham after Arthur’s mother-in-law and father were jailed for killing the youngster.
Arthur was starved, poisoned with salt, and ultimately beaten to death after being tortured in his final months by Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes.
The killer father has now agreed to release Arthur’s body so that it can be buried 16 months after his murder.
His lawyer Bernard Richmond QC said Hughes left the matter of his remains to his family and Arthur’s mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, who is in jail for killing her lover.
But due to an alleged family dispute, the youngster remains in a Midlands hospital.
Mr Richmond said: “I spoke to him and told him that this could not continue. He asked me to say that Arthur’s body, after a service with his family, must go to his family. mother to have a funeral and she must have control over her ashes.
“He hopes he can give Olivia a little piece of peace.”
Labinjo-Halcrow recounted in a victim impact statement how “heartbroken” she was about her son’s body being stored alone in a cooler.
She wants to bury him in a small, quiet funeral in a Birmingham cemetery.
It comes after football fans across the country cheered on Arthur over the weekend in a touching sixth-minute tribute – one minute in every year of his short life.
Tustin, 32, was jailed for life at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, with a minimum sentence of 29 years for murder.
Her “ruthless” father, 29, was jailed for 21 years after being convicted of manslaughter.
Both convictions were referred to the attorney general’s office, who confirmed they would be reviewed.
She now has 28 days to assess whether she falls under the abusive sentencing regime and decide whether to refer her to the Court of Appeal.
The judges could then decide to increase the sentences of the killer couple.
“CRUELTY AND INHUMANITY”
The move was supported by Arthur’s grandfather, Peter Halcrow, who told The Sun: “They must never see the light of day again. No punishment can ever be enough for this couple.
“I have never been in favor of the death penalty because I know the courts can make mistakes, but in my opinion they have lost their right to life.
“It will take a toll on taxpayers, but since we have no capital punishment they should certainly never be released from prison while they live for such cruelty and inhumanity.”
Hughes and Tustin waged a “campaign of cruelty” against Arthur during his tragic final months.
The youth was isolated for 14 hours a day and forced to sleep on the floor in a brutal struggle that met the “medical definition of child torture”.
He was also poisoned with so much salt that he was too weak to even fight the horrific abuse of his torturers.
On June 16 last year, Tustin repeatedly smashed the youngster’s head against a hard surface, causing him to collapse.
He died in hospital the next day from an “adult head injury” consistent with being “shaken vigorously and having his head repeatedly banged against a hard surface” .
Arthur’s frail, skeletal body was covered in 130 bruises and he suffered 93 different areas of injury, including to his head, arms, legs, feet and torso.
Even if only half of the 130 bruises on Arthur’s body were the result of abuse, it would still be a mark for every day he spent being “terrified” during the lockdown.
The injuries were so severe that they were compared to those seen in a high-speed car crash.
Creepily, Arthur’s final months on earth were captured in heart-wrenching audio clips and recordings made by Tustin and Hughes.
Arthur could be heard moaning in a 23 second recording of “no one loves me” and “no one is going to feed me”.
Video footage also showed Arthur hours before his death waking up on the living room floor.
The emaciated youth would be so frail that he could barely pick up his bedding.
The government has now announced a major review to determine what improvements are needed for the agencies that have come into contact with Arthur.
It will be led by the National Child Protection Practices Review Committee and will provide additional support to the Solihull Children’s Safeguarding Partnership to “improve” the existing local review.