Stepmother who murdered little Star Hobson is ‘number one target’ in jail

Star Hobson’s killer stepmother has been put in the separation unit in her jail – to stop other prisoners from stabbing her.

Murderer Savannah Brockhill, 28, is being held in the isolated wing at HMP Styal in Cheshire for her own safety.

She has been designated the ‘number one target’ by some prisoners at the 486-population jail.

Brockhilll was jailed for at least 25 years yesterday for murdering innocent little Star after a reign of terror on the little girl where she repeatedly punched and abused her.

Her girlfriend Frankie Smith – who was the toddler’s mother – was sentenced to eight years for allowing the killing to happen.

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.’

In 2000 prisoner Annelise Sanderson, 18, killed herself there after her family said she received a lack of mental health support.

Brockhill will join the ranks of some of the UK most notorious female criminals.

They include Lauren Jeska, who was convicted of the attempted murder of Ralph Knibbs, and Corina Smith.

Smith was sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband with a boiling mixture of water and sugar after she was told he had sexually assaulted her two children.

Brockhill – who callously waved and grinned at her family in court – brutally attacked innocent Star after months of violence allowed by Smith, who teamed up with her to hoodwink police and social services.

Five times social workers, twice accompanied by police, saw the abusive couple but chalked off complaints as ‘malicious’ and left Star with them a week before they killed her.

The court heard after Brockhill’s charge and remand to prison, the home address of her sister as opposed to her home was published.

It led to her sister and John Cawley were subject to an extremely violent assault.

Mr Cawley’s skull was fractured in the assault. The matter was reported to police but no arrests have been made.

Other family have also been subject to threats and intimidation throughout the trial, including windows being smashes and the bullying of children.

Judge Mrs Justice Lambert told Brockhill and Smith their dark obsession with each other fueled a life of ‘neglect, cruelty and injury’ for the little girl.

Smith will have to serve just two-thirds of her sentence before being considered for release and her 443 days on remand could mean she will be free in just over four years.

Sentencing, the judge told Bradford Crown Court: ‘Star was caught in the crossfire of your relationship.

‘The messages sent between you are petty squabbles, fights, often triggered by alcohol which descended into arguments. Star was the victim of these pointless, self-obsessed fights.

‘Star was so vulnerable, and your relationship affording the chance to mistreat her.

‘You both behaved in a cruel and callous way to Star. You made her stand at the wall for what were just antics of a child.

‘You delayed calling emergency services by at least 11 minutes. While we know an earlier call would not have saved Star, you were not to know that, instead making Google searches.

‘You then misled the emergency services, rather than admit what you did you put on a good show, suggesting you may have caused it by doing CPR.’

The judge made it clear she believed both women had inflicted ‘sadistic attacks’ on Star.

She tore a strip off sobbing Smith – whose lawyer had tried to claim was also a victim – telling her that her daughter’s life was ‘marked by neglect, cruelty and injury’.

Mrs Justice Lambert added: ‘Frankie Smith, it was your role to protect Star from harm, you failed to protect her, allowing her death.’

‘The level of force required to inflict these injuries must have been massive – similar to those forces associated with a road traffic accident.’

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