For 16 months, a legal battle over who should be allowed to bury a six-year-old boy's body has raged on at the mortuary where his postmortem was performed.
Following a campaign of torture against the youngster over lockdown last year, his father Thomas Hughes was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Friday for manslaughter.
In contrast, her own biological children were lavished with care and affection, while he was subjected to daily beatings, deadly salt diets, and forced to stand in the hallway for up to 14 hours a day.
Emma Tustin, his stepmom, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 29 years after being found guilty of murdering her son.
Defenceless In June, Arthur slammed Arthur's head against the hallway wall in their Solihull, West Midlands, home, causing "unsurvivable" brain trauma.
There were reports that Thomas remained "passive" throughout the family's fight over Arthur's burial.
But now, according to his lawyer, he wishes to offer a "small shred of peace" to Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, the boy's biological mother.
When his mother's family couldn't agree on where Arthur should be buried, Bernard Richmond QC stepped in, BirminghamLive reported.
'I've talked to him and told him that this can't go on any longer,' he said. He's told me to state that after a funeral with his family, Arthur's ashes should be given to his mother's family so that she can have a proper burial and authority over his ashes.
A sliver of tranquilly would be welcome for Olivia, as he says.
After killing her spouse in a 'alcohol and drug-fuelled rage' in 2019, Labinjo-Halcrow was sentenced to life in prison.
Hughes and Arthur were living in Tustin's house when the torture campaign began in March 2020 after they met through the online dating service Plenty of Fish.
Even now, there are many unanswered questions about how Arthur's tragic case managed to slip through the net.
The youngster had been seen by social services two months before to his death, and they assessed that he was not at risk of harm.
A nationwide investigation is now being initiated to identify what adjustments the agencies that came into contact with Arthur are in need of making. of. now.
No government can legislate for evil, according to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, but ministers will "take steps to curb it whenever we can," he added.
Arthur's parents will have their sentences reviewed by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) following concerns that they were too mild.
"No punishment could ever be enough," says Peter Halcrow, Arthur's 61-year-old grandfather, and he calls for the couple to be imprisoned eternally.