A MAN who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his four-year-old step-son on the Gold Coast will not spend another night behind bars after having his four year jail sentence immediately suspended in court.
Matthew Scown, 34, pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Wednesday 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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The judge told the court that while there was no suggestion Scown caused the injuries which lead to the child’s death, he was sentenced because he failed in his duty of care by not seeking medical treatment as soon as possible.
The crown prosecutor said Scown had shown “considerable cooperation” during the case.
He was sentenced to four years behind bars, however as he has already served nearly three years in custody, his sentence was suspended immediately.
Scown was filmed smirking as he left the court following sentencing on Wednesday, with Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk describing his actions as “insensitive”.
“How insensitive is that for the man to be laughing after the death of his stepson,” the Premier said when interviewed by the Today Show on Thursday.
“Absolutely unacceptable and I think everyone is feeling that today.”
— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) October 11, 2017
Tyrell’s mother is due to face a manslaughter trial next month, with Palaszczuk expressing her hopes that she will “feel the full force of the law”.
“I understand that his partner is due to face court shortly and I hope that she feels the full force of the law,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed that she will be asking Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’ath to look at the sentence handed down to Scown.
“I’m quite sure that the Attorney General will be looking at this case, absolutely” she said.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 11, 2017