Mother of Gold Coast toddler Tyrell Cobb jailed

UPDATE @ 4.30pm: Gold Coast mother Heidi Strbak has been jailed for nine years for the manslaughter of her son in 2009.

Tyrell Cobb died after suffering blunt force trauma to his abdomen at the family’s Biggera Waters home.

Strbak had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for failing to seek medical attention, but a judge last week ruled she was responsible for the blow or blows that killed the four-year-old.


In sentencing, Justice Peter Applegarth said Strbak “made a terrible error of judgement in not seeking help for this very sick little boy.”

Earlier Strbak made an impassioned plea to the court denying that she was responsible for the boy’s injuries.

“I have not caused the injuries that I am being blamed for and I believe that it is a mistake and an injustice not only towards Tyrell but to my family, his other family and myself” she said.

Prosecutors argued for the nine-year jail term while Strbak’s lawyers claimed she should be sentenced to seven years, because the case had made her “public enemy number one.”

She’ll be eligible for parole in four years.

Additional reporting by Matt McDonald.

EARLIER @ 9.00am: The mother of Gold Coast toddler Tyrell Cobb, who died eight years ago, is due to be sentenced in Brisbane’s Supreme Court today.

It comes after a Queensland Judge last week found Heidi Strbak was responsible for the injury/ies that led to her four-year-old son’s death.

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

Strbak last month pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her son for not seeking medical treatment, however denied causing the boy’s injuries.

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

Strbak is due to be sentenced today for manslaughter.