Evil lover who stamped tragic tot Star Hobson to death jailed for life

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The mother of Star Hobson and her evil lover have been jailed for their involvement in the death of the 16-month-old.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, the lover of Star's mum, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering the tot.

The tragic little girl’s mother, Frankie Smith, has also been handed an eight year sentence for causing or allowing the death of a child after she was cleared of murder.

Star tragically died on September 22 last year after suffering "utterly catastrophic injuries" as a result of months of abuse at their home in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the toddler lost 50% of from being "kicked or punched", and was found with injuries similar to those of car crash victims.

Judge Mrs Justice Lambert added that the attack that killed the child "was not an isolated event".

Zafar Ali, defending Smith, told the court that Star's mum had been the victim of domestic violence and she was unaware of the assaults being inflicted on her child before claiming that Smith herself was a "victim".

Mr Ali told the court: "She herself is a victim of the murder count having lost her daughter."

Prosecutors said the injuries to Star were “caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows, either in the form of punching, stamping or kicking to the abdomen”.

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When 999 were called to help try to save Star’s life, the little girl had already suffered several injuries in the weeks leading up to her death.

This included bone fractures to her skull, her right tibia, and two of her ribs.

Consultant pathologist Professor David Mangham also told the court that Star had even refractured her tibia just days before her death.

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Numerous mobile phone and CCTV footage was shown to the court showing a glimpse into the abuse Star suffered in the care of Brockhill and Smith.

Footage showed Star falling over and helplessly pulling a chair on top of her while Smith or Brockhill watched on.

A "slow-mo" edit of the footage by Brockhill was dubbed over with dramatic music and sent it to a pal with the message: "F***** it".

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The jury was also shown CCTV footage dated September 13, 2020, which was just over a week before Star's death.

The harrowing clip shows Brockhill slapping Star nine times, punching her seven times and grabbing her twice at a recycling plant in Doncaster.

Members of Star’s family and others raised concern over the girl’s care with social services five times but despite visits, nothing was done to help Star.

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On each visit by social services, both Brockhill and Smith managed to convince social workers the injuries to Star were accidental.

They also branded complaints made against them as being malicious by people who did not like their relationship.

Star's dad Jordan Hobson, who is reportedly studying at the University of Sunderland, also complained about his daughter's wellbeing.

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The court also heard how Brockhill had three seizures and two cardiac arrests just days before the trial, which resulted in CPR and her being intubated during her care in hospital.

Kath Goddard QC, defending Brockhill, said the killer discharged herself as to not halt the trial.

Ms Goddard also said Brockhill's family had been attacked as a consequence of her crimes.

Following Brockhill and Smith conviction, it has come out that Star’s grandad Andrew Smith, 50, took his own life after struggling to come to terms with the child’s death.

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According to The Sun, Andrew sent a Birthday card to his daughter Smith while she was in prison, which read: “You look after yourself and I’ll look after the baby.”

David Fawcett, the great-grandfather of Star, said: “We were just a quiet, lovely family and she ascended from the bowels of hell and just completely devastated and wrecked our family."

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