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Anger at smiling child killer walking free from Australian court

12 October 2017, 06:08 | Glen Norman

Tyrell Cobb death: Palaszczuk says 'insensitive' laughing release could prompt sentence review

Tyrell Cobb death: Matthew Scown smiles and laughs as he walks free from court

After pleading guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday to the manslaughter of Tyrell Cobb, Matthew Ian Scown was sentenced to four years in prison.

However, he's already been in prison for three years for the offence and Justice Martin Burns made a decision to suspend the rest of his sentence.

In extraordinary scenes, the 34-year-old smiled for the cameras and laughed to himself as he walked away from court through a media scrum.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this morning her Attorney-General would review the case and said she was open to advice from anyone - including Bravehearts' Hetty Johnston - who had ideas about ways to improve the law.

'I've already spoken with my lawyers and I've spoken with the other family, so what youse (sic) need to do now is leave me alone, ' he told Nine News. "How insensitive for this man to be laughing after the death of his stepson".

Tyrell died on the Gold Coast in May 2009 from internal bleeding and stomach injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

The court heard that two weeks before Tyrell died, Scown told the child's father he was anxious about the boy who, at the time, had a badly injured arm.

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Tyrell's biological mother, and Scown's former de-facto, Heidi Strbak, 33, will face trial in three weeks' time also charged with his manslaughter.

HIS little body wracked with pain, feeling lethargic and running a high fever and unable to eat, drink or talk, Tyrell Cobb's last day alive was one of "horror".

Matthew Scown laughs after leaving court yesterday.

"There is a growing concern from the general public about whether sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child are meeting community's expectations", Queensland's Attorney General Yvette D'Ath said.

But she said the referral to the Sentencing Advisory Council was not triggered by any particular case.

"Once the terms of reference are released, I encourage the community to have their say on this important issue".

While Scown did not cause the injuries he did not contact authorities or seek medical help, even when Tyrell was vomiting green bile the night before his death.

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"He never regained consciousness", he told the court.

Justice Martin Burns said Scown was not responsible for the injuries that killed Tyrell but failed in his duty of care.

The boy had 53 bruises and 17 abrasions from head to legs when he died, the court heard.

"You ought to have acted yourself, regardless of her wishes".

"Clearly you were very anxious about the little boy", he said.

The judge said Tyrell Cobb "would have survived if he received treatment".

However there's been universal outrage over the case, with children's safety advocates calling for him to be put behind bars.

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"If you haven't done it, but you know it's happening and you haven't done anything to stop it, you're as guilty as the perpetrator", she said.



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