Star Hobson: Father of murdered toddler says he will 'never recover' from her 'cruel and callous' death

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The father of murdered toddler Star Hobson has said he will "never recover from the callous and cruel way" in which his daughter was killed.

In a statement released on his behalf, Jordan Hobson said: "The horrific death of my beautiful baby daughter has left me devastated and I will never recover from the callous and cruel way in which Star was taken from me.

"No sentence that a court can impose will ever bring back my precious daughter.

"I would now request privacy so that I can start to grieve and begin to try and pick up the pieces of my life."

Mr Hobson, who is a university student, split from Star's mother before she started her "toxic" relationship with Savannah Brockhill.

Star died in September last year from "utterly catastrophic" injuries, which she received at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Brockhill, a former bouncer, was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison, while Star's mother, Frankie Smith, was handed a jail term of eight years after she was convicted of causing or allowing her daughter's death.

After the lengthy trial concluded, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Star's death as "shocking and heartbreaking", adding: "We must protect children from these barbaric crimes and ensure lessons are learned."

Sentencing Brockhill and Smith, Mrs Justice Lambert told them: "She was 16-months-old when she was murdered. Her short life was marked by neglect, cruelty, and injury.

"She was murdered by you, Savannah Brockhill. Frankie Smith, it was your role, as her mother, to protect Star from harm.

"You have been convicted by this jury of failing to protect her and, thereby, allowing her death."

The Attorney General's Office has now confirmed that it has received a request to consider Smith's sentence under the unduly lenient sentence scheme (ULS).

Star's death caused national outcry, with the case coming shortly after that of murdered Solihull six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

As with Arthur, Star's death has led to widespread questioning of the role of social workers and police in her life after it emerged friends and family had reported concerns on five separate occasions in the eight-month before she died.

Speaking in court on Wednesday, Mr Hobson father, Bernard, told Mrs Justice Lambert how his son could not bring himself to make a statement himself but said he is "heartbroken and haunted by his baby daughter suffering in her little life and her tragic death which didn't need to happen".

Read more:
The chilling parallels between the murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
Call for eight-year sentence of murdered toddler's mother Frankie Smith to be reviewed

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