Attorney General rules in favour of no extra jail time for Tyrell Cobb’s stepdad

UPDATE @ November 10, 7.00am: A MAN who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his four-year-old step-son on the Gold Coast has escaped serving extra jail time after Qld Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath reportedly decided not to appeal his sentence.

Matthew Scown, 34, pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court in October to the manslaughter of Tyrell Cobb.

The four-year-old boy died after being found with horrific injuries at a house on the Gold Coast in May, 2009.


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Scown was sentenced to four years behind bars, but because he had already served 2 years and 8 months in custody, the sentence was immediately suspended.

The ruling caused fury within the community, including with Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who said she would be referring the sentence to the Attorney General.

However, The Today Show reports Ms D’Ath’s department “has ruled out any kind of appeal.”

WATCH:

Cobb’s mother Heidi Strbak is facing day four of a sentencing hearing in Brisbane’s Supreme Court today.

She last week pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her son on the basis of criminal negligence.

The sentencing hearing continues.

EARLIER @ November 9, 7.20am: The mother of a Gold Coast toddler who died eight years ago is due to be sentenced in Brisbane’s Supreme Court today.

Heidi Strbak is facing day three of her three-day contested sentencing after last week pleading guilty to the manslaughter of her four-year-old son Tyrell Cobb on the basis of criminal negligence.

On Wednesday, Strbak’s ex partner, who has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Cobb, told the Brisbane Supreme Court she “used cannabis daily”.

“When she wasn’t smoking pot, she used to not have patience with him,” Scown said.

Scown was sentenced to four years’ jail for manslaughter in October, however his sentence was suspended immediately given time already served in custody.

Tyrell Cobb, 4, died after being found with horrific injuries at a house on the Gold Coast in May, 2009.

The prosecution is arguing Strbak was responsible for the blunt force trauma that caused Cobb’s death, however she denies the accusation.

The sentencing hearing continues.

EARLIER @ November 8, 6.55am: THE sentencing hearing for a Gold Coast woman who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her toddler son is set to continue in Brisbane’s Supreme Court today.

Heidi Strbak is facing a three-day contested sentencing after last week pleading guilty to manslaughter on the basis of criminal negligence.

Tyrell Cobb, 4, died after being found with horrific injuries at a house on the Gold Coast in May, 2009.

On the first day of sentencing yesterday, the court was shown confronting images of Cobb’s bruised body.

Ms Strbak’s lawyer is arguing that his client was not responsible for the blunt force trauma that caused Cobb’s death, stating her ex-partner Matthew Scown or the child’s uncle could have caused the injury.

Scown was sentenced to four years’ jail for manslaughter in October, however his sentence was suspended immediately given time already served in custody.

EARLIER @ November 7, 6.55am: The mother of a Gold Coast toddler who died eight years ago is due to be sentenced in Brisbane’s Supreme Court from today.

Heidi Strbak is facing a three-day sentencing hearing after last week pleading guilty to manslaughter on the basis of criminal negligence.

Tyrell Cobb, 4, died after being found with horrific injuries at a house on the Gold Coast in May, 2009.

Strbak’s former partner, 34-year-old Matthew Scown, was sentenced to four years’ jail for manslaughter in October, however his sentence was suspended immediately given time already served in custody.