Star Hobson: Murderer Savannah Brockhill 'number one target' in prison with inmates 'queuing up to stab her'

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George McMillan

By George McMillan

Published: 17/12/2021

- 08:05

Updated: 17/12/2021

- 08:10

Bouncer and security guard Savannah Brockhill, 28, was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court

Star Hobson’s murderer has been placed in a separation unit in jail after her sentencing to prevent other prisoners from attacking her.

Bouncer and security guard Savannah Brockhill, 28, was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court alongside Star’s mother, Frankie Smith, 20, who was handed an eight-year sentence for allowing her daughter’s death.

The killing of Star and details of how she was subjected to months of assaults and psychological harm have caused a national outcry, especially as the trial came so soon after the case of murdered Solihull six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Brockhill, who is currently in HMP Styal in Cheshire, has been separated for her safety as prisoners have labelled her their “number one target”.

The jail has a population of 486.

A source told MailOnline: "Brockhill has been put in separation in Styal for her own protection.

"She’ll be the number one target there. Prisoners will be queuing up to try and shank her."

The woman who murdered 16-month-old Star Hobson must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, according to a judge who said the toddler’s short life was “marked by neglect, cruelty and injury”.

After she was found guilty of murder on Tuesday, Brockhill was branded “pure evil” by Mr Fawcett, who said she had “ascended from the bowels of hell”.

The Bradford Partnership, which includes the agencies which had contact with Star during her short life, said on Tuesday: “We need to fully understand why opportunities to better protect Star were missed.”

The safeguarding partnership said a review into the case will be published next month, but it “deeply regrets” that “not all the warning signs” were spotted.

Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchliffe said Star was “let down”.

Keighley and Ilkley Tory MP Robbie Moore said Bradford Council leaders should “hang their heads in shame” and resign.

Star was taken to hospital from the flat where she lived with Smith in Wesley Place, Keighley, on September 22 2020, but her injuries were “utterly catastrophic” and “unsurvivable”, prosecutors told the two-month trial.

Jurors heard Smith’s family and friends had growing fears about bruising they saw on the little girl in the months before she died.

In each case, Brockhill, of Hawthorn Close, Keighley, and Smith, of Wesley Place, Halifax Road, Keighley, managed to convince social workers that marks on Star were accidental or that the complaints were made maliciously by people who did not like their relationship.

Brockhill was jailed for life on Wednesday with a minimum term of 25 years before she is considered for parole.

Smith was cleared of murder but was convicted of causing or allowing the toddler’s death – an offence with a 14-year maximum prison sentence.

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