Child abusers can face life in prison, over the current maximum of 14 years, thanks to the implementation of new harsh sentences from this week.
The change comes from Tony’s law, named after Tony Hazel, now seven, who lost both legs after being tortured by his parents.
Jody Simpson and Tony Smith received only ten years in prison, which at the time was the maximum penalty for juvenile delinquency crimes.
Following the campaign of Tony’s adoptive parents Paula and Mark Hazel, Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has pushed for amendments to the Police, Crime, Punishment and Court Bill.
Mr Rabb said: ‘I pay tribute to Tony and his foster parents, Paula and Mark. This is a victory for them. ‘
The law change would end lenient sentences for child abusers, such as Baby P’s killer Jason Owen, who was released in 2009 over a six-year period.
Anyone who kills or allows a child or vulnerable adult in their care will now face life imprisonment instead of 14 years.
The maximum sentence will be from 10 years to 14 years if the child is allowed to cause cruelty or cause serious bodily harm.
The new law means anyone who abuses a child could face up to 14 years in prison. This rule is called ‘Tony’s Law’ who lost both his legs due to the abuse of his birth parents. (Pictured by Tony with his adoptive parents Paula and Mark Hazel)
Tony’s birth parents Jody Simpson (left) and Tony Smith (right) were both jailed for child cruelty and sentenced to a maximum of 10 years, which will now be increased to 14 years under the new rules.
Tony was admitted to the Evelyn London Children’s in Southwark, South East London in 2015 after he was horribly abused by his birth parents, Jody Simpson and Tony Smith.
The government has also enacted social care reforms to recruit more caregivers, increase support for social workers and improve the professional status of those working in the sector.
Mrs. Hazel of West Malling, Kent, campaigned tirelessly to ensure that “demons stay in prison longer”.
She dedicated the victory to ‘Tony and all the children and grandchildren who suffered or lost their lives at the hands of their abusers.’ I can’t thank the people, our friends and family, our MPs, Tom Tugenthat and Dominic enough. Raab for their help to make it a reality. ‘
There are many high-profile cases that have shocked the public, both in the nature of the heinous crimes and many find very generous sentences.
Tony was just a month old when he died at the hospital and his parents had to amputate both legs due to serious abuse.
Tony, just 41-days-old, was hospitalized in 2014 with multiple organ failures, numerous fractures and sepsis after horrific abuse at the hands of his parents, Jody Simpson and Tony Smith.
After a six-week battle to save her, doctors decided to discontinue everything except palliative care.
But they were unable to because Tony was on the court ward and the courts were closed for Christmas.
Incredibly, Tony fought back and was able to recover from his life-threatening injuries.
He was soon embraced by Paula and Mark Hazel who have successfully campaigned for a long sentence for anyone who seriously harms a child.
Six-year-old Arthur was beaten and tortured before being killed by his stepmother
Emma Tustin was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison, while Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for murder.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes wakes up on CCTV hours before he collapsed from fatal injuries
Six-year-old Arthur was beaten and tortured at his home in Solihull before being murdered by his stepmother, Emma Tustin.
Tustin was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison, and Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for murder.
Arthur was first spotted by social workers in the first national lockout two months before his death in Solihull, West Midlands, in June last year. But they concluded there were ‘no security concerns’ and closed the file.
Tustin and Hughes starved the young man, forcibly fed him a dish filled with salt, and left him alone for more than 14 hours a day in humiliating, punished, and hellish regimes during the last painful months of his life.
He suffered a brain injury while being cared for by his father’s ‘evil’ partner, Tustin.
Arthur, whose body was also covered with 130 wounds, died the next day in hospital.
Star Hobson died in September 2020 from a “completely devastating” injury at his home in Keigley, West Yorkshire. His mother was initially sentenced to eight years in prison.
Starr’s mother, Smith (left), was acquitted of the murder, but was found guilty of causing or allowing the child’s death. Brookhill (right) was unanimously convicted of murder by a jury
In the months leading up to her death on September 22, 2020, social services lost five opportunities to stop the star’s killers, the court heard.
The child’s death caused extensive damage to his abdominal cavity
Star Hobson was just 16 months old when she was murdered at her home in Keigley, West Yorkshire.
Frankie Smith, a 20-year-old mother, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while her ex, Savannah Brookhill, 28, was convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.
In January 2020, Smith’s friend Holly Jones contacted social services about her concerns about domestic violence and how much time she had left to care for the star. Police and social workers visit the star but no worries.
After Smith divorced Brockhill in February, Starr moved in with her grandparents, David Fawcett and Anita Smith, at their home in Beldon, Bradford.
Starr was removed from Anita Smith’s home by her mother and moved in with Smith and Brockhill.
In May, Anita Smith contacted social services after being told about the Brookhill ‘slam-choking’ star.
A month later, David Fawcett posted a picture of the star’s injury on Facebook with a happy shot, with the caption ‘Five weeks from now, what’s going on, Frankie?’
That same month, police took Starr to the hospital for a checkup. Smith says her daughter hit her face on the coffee table.
Social services was contacted several times by friends and family and in September they closed the issue, concluding a ‘malicious’ referral.
A week later, Star Wesley was seriously injured in a flat in Keigley, and later died at the hospital.
Peter, originally named Baby P in the press, died after more than 50 injuries, including a broken spine and eight broken ribs.
Baby PK mother Tracy Connelly was jailed in 2009 and released on a lifetime license in 2013 but was recalled in 2015.
Baby P, Connelly’s boyfriend Steven Barker (left) and her brother Jason Owen (right) were tortured to death in 2007 at their home in Tottenham, North London.
Peter, popularly known as Baby P, died in north London on August 3, 2007 at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend Steven Barker and her brother Jason Owen.
Tracy Connelly, was jailed in 2009 for indefinite imprisonment for a minimum period of five years for causing or allowing the death of her son, and was released in 2013 on a lifetime license.
Baby Peel suffered more than 50 injuries, including a broken spine and eight broken ribs, despite being at risk and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals in the last eight months of his life.
Steven Barker was sentenced in 2009 to at least 32 years in prison for torturing a 17-month-old baby to death, and Owen was sentenced to six years in prison for allowing the baby to die.
Peter and three other children were sharing a four-bedroom home with their mother, her boyfriend and her brother when she died.
Three children, including Peter, were on Harinje’s child protection register for fear of being ignored by their mother.
Connolly, who concealed his son’s abuse, was jailed for at least five years in 2009 after admitting to causing or allowing the death of his son Peter.
He was then released on a license in 2013 but was later returned to prison in 2015 when it was discovered that he had sent indecent pictures of himself to his notorious people.