Tyrell Cobb, 4, who died in May 2009.
Tyrell Cobb, 4, who died in May 2009.

For Tyrell: Pledge to appeal kill sentence

THE LNP will seek to appeal child killer Matthew Scown's light sentence if it wins ­government.

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said the sentence of just four years' jail for the manslaughter of Scown's four-year-old stepson Tyrell Cobb did not meet community expectations.

It comes as Tyrell's uncle yesterday told a court the Gold Coast boy had told him shortly before he died that he had been punched in the stomach by Scown.

The evidence came to light during the sentencing hearing of Tyrell's mother and Scown's former partner Heidi Strbak in Brisbane ­Supreme Court.

Matthew Scown.
Matthew Scown.

She has also pleaded guilty to the little boy's manslaughter in May 2009 on the grounds of criminal negligence, but the prosecution is trying to argue she was responsible for the blunt force trauma that caused his death.

There was community outrage last month when Scown infamously smiled as he walked free from court after being sentenced for his role in Tyrell's death.

Mr Walker slammed ­Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath for not appealing the sentence.

Scown leaving the Supreme Court in Brisbane last month. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Scown leaving the Supreme Court in Brisbane last month. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

"The LNP will always put community safety first, particularly when it comes to our children," he said.

When Scown was sentenced, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Attorney-General would "absolutely" look at appealing Scown's sentence.

Asked yesterday if two years and eight months' jail was enough for a child killer, Ms Palaszczuk said that it would be unwise for her to comment.

"If I could comment I would, but I can't because the matter is before the courts at the moment," she said.

"I do not want to prejudice the trial that is under way."

Ms D'Ath responded yesterday by saying she had appealed against the unrelated case of Armstrong Renata's seven-year sentence for unlawfully striking Cole Miller and causing his death.

"In the matter of Matthew Scown, legal proceedings against another party are before the court. I caution people from making comments that might jeopardise ongoing court proceedings," Ms D'Ath said.


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