Star Hobson's evil killer wanted to 'shave all her hair off like a gypsy baby' & put tot in 'choke-hold'

A MONSTER who murdered her lover's daughter wanted to shave all her hair off "like a gypsy baby", heartbroken relatives revealed today.

Savannah Brockhill, 28, stomped 16-month-old Star Hobson to death after waging a campaign of brutal emotional and physical abuse against the tot.

The smirking bouncer has now been jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years after being convicted of murder.

Star's mum Frankie Smith, 20, was caged for eight years for causing or allowing the death of a child.

The youngster's great-grandad David Fawcett has now revealed how he saw Brockhill had performed "kickboxing" moves on Star.

David, who had complained to social services before the tragic death, told Good Morning Britain: "Savannah was slam-choking – some kind of move they do in kickboxing or karate or something – and she was throwing Star onto the bed.

"Then a day or so later we got word she was going to shave all her hair off. She wanted [Star] to be like a gypsy baby, and she was holding her above her cot by one leg.

"So that's when Anita said 'I've had enough, I'm going to ring the social services and try and get this sorted out."

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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.

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.

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.

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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