Gold Coast mum jailed over son’s manslaughter to walk free

Gold Coast mother Heidi Strbak, jailed over the death of her young son in 2009, is set to walk free from jail after having her sentenced reduced.

Strbak was originally sentenced to nine years behind bars after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of four-year-old son Tyrrell Cobb at Biggera Waters in May, 2009.

But she denied inflicting any of the blows that led to Tyrrell’s death.


Strbak admitted to not seeking medical attention for her son, who was later found with more than 80 injuries, but her trial judge ruled Strbak was likely responsible for injuring the 4-year-old.

Strbak’s former partner Matthew Scown had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter after also admitting to not seeking medical attention.

He was sentenced to four years jail.

Strbak failed in a bid last year to have her sentence reduced, with the Court of Appeal finding no errors in the original judgement and sentence.

Her lawyers had argued that it was Scown who had actually inflicted the fatal blows.

But in March the High Court allowed Strbak’s appeal and quashed her sentence.

Strbak fronted the Brisbane Supreme Court today where she was re-sentenced to five years jail.

But that was immediately suspended with the judge taking into account the 1148 days she has already spent in custody.