Star Hobson's killer and her mum face longer in jail as ‘staggeringly soft' sentences are being reviewed

THE "staggeringly soft" sentences handed to Star Hobson's killer and mum could be increased after being referred to the Attorney General.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, was yesterday caged for life with a minimum of 25 years for murdering the 16-month-old girl.

Star's mum Frankie Smith was jailed for eight years after being convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child.

The Attorney General has now confirmed they have received a request to consider the sentences under the Unduly Lenient Scheme.

It comes as

  • Star Hobson's mum and her lover were convicted over the youngster's death
  • A heartbreaking image shows bruises on the youngster's face
  • Her family warned the authorities she would be 'another Baby P'
  • Haunting videos show Star's final months before she was murdered
  • Brockhill boasted 'I'm a psycho' in a social media video
  • Star's grandad killed himself after telling Smith 'I'll look after the baby'

It means the jail terms could be increased for both Smith and Brockhill.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have received a request for these sentences to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

"The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.”

Brockhill stomped little Star to death after waging a campaign of brutal emotional and physical abuse against the tot.

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She laughed as she was jailed yesterday as Star's heartbroken family slammed the "staggeringly soft sentences".

Smith's grandad Frank, 68, told The Sun: "Is that all Star’s life is worth? Frankie will be out in four years — how is that justice?

"She watched her child die. She lied repeatedly to cover hers and Brockhill's tracks. They both deserve to rot in jail. It’s disgusting.”

A safeguarding practice review has been launched into Star's death, which came just weeks after the horrific murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

In a chilling echo of the six-year-old's death, there were five opportunities to save Star but the family's concerns were ignored by social workers and police.

Boris Johnson vowed that action will be taken to stop such "shocking and heartbreaking" tragedies in future.

He has now vowed to bring in a new “Arthur’s Law” so evil child killers will die behind bars.

It came after The Sun launched a Justice for Arthur campaign.

During a lengthy trial, jurors endured harrowing footage of Star looking badly bruised with a swollen cheek and marks to her forehead.

They also watched chilling clips of pub bouncer Brockhill punching and slapping Star with "considerable force" 21 times over a three-hour period.

The brutal attack took place in her car – with the forceful blows causing Star to fall out the vehicle at one point.

The crying toddler could also be seen painfully climbing up a flight of stairs while suffering from a broken shin as both women forced her to walk.

In another "disturbing and bizarre" clip, Star was filmed falling from her high chair and hitting the floor as music played over the top.

The monster couple also captured the youngster so exhausted she fell asleep in a bowl of food.


On September 22 last year, paramedics raced to the home to find Star lifeless, pale and wearing only a nappy.

She was in cardiac arrest and as they attempted CPR, Star vomited "large amounts" of brown material.

Audio of the haunting 999 call made by Brockhill a staggering 15 minutes after she battered Star has now been released by police.

She claims she was in the kitchen making a coffee when she heard a "bang" coming from the living room where Star was playing with three other children.

Brockhill adds: "I came out and the little lad's stood there and the little girl's on the floor and she was crying and then she was sick.

"Now she's just gone a little bit floppy to be honest with you."

When asked what the bang was, the monster says she doesn't know if Star had "fallen off the sofa" or if the horror happened when she was playing.

She adds: "I came in and the little lad was saying 'Star'…So I've obviously shouted her mum in, said 'sit up Star'.

"I've sat her up and I started to rub her back because she was like breathing but struggling.

"She started to be sick so I laid her on the floor."


Star was airlifted to hospital but sadly couldn't be saved and was declared dead shortly after.

The 16-month-old died in hospital from blood loss after her inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – was torn.

Medics said her injuries were usually only seen in car crash victims and had been caused by either "punches, kicks or stamps".

Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said: "The reality is that the injuries suffered by Star were so catastrophic that there never was any real chance of saving her life."

When quizzed by police, Brockhill suggested the injuries were caused by a two-year-old child, which the prosecution branded "absurd".

Medics instead said the "degree of force" inflicted on Star was "so great" it was "quite impossible for the doctors to envisage it could have been inflicted by a child".

Mr MacDonald said: "The effect of such injuries was immediate and heavy bleeding into the abdominal cavity, which caused a catastrophic drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness and death within seconds to minutes.

“The assault or assaults that killed Star clearly involved the use of severe force and were obviously intentional. This little girl suffered no accidental death."


Doctors also discovered a number of "significant injuries" the baby had suffered "at different times during her short life".

This included two fractures to the right shin bone "caused by forceful twisting", a fractured skull and an old brain injury.

In total she had 15 separate injuries to her head and ten bruises to her legs, ankles, feet and toes.

Star's great-grandad David slammed Brockhill after the verdict was reached after revealing his wife had asked social services: "Do you want another Baby P?"

He said: "To me she was just pure evil. I just can't believe she could do something like that to a baby girl.

"We were just a quiet, lovely family and she ascended from the bowels of hell and just completely devastated and wrecked our family.

"It's disgusting because there were five referrals. Not one of them did anything."

"It's just beyond belief, really."

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