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Mother of Tyrell Cobb pleads guilty to manslaughter

1 November 2017 4:38 AM
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Mother of Tyrell Cobb pleads guilty to manslaughter

THE mother of Tyrell Cobb has pleaded guilty to manslaughter this afternoon and it has been revealed she allegedly delivered the blow that killed the four-year-old.

Heidi Strbak appeared in the Supreme Court in Brisbane this afternoon supported by family and friends just weeks after the case made headlines when her ex-boyfriend received a paltry four-year sentence on the same charge.

Tyrell was found unconscious inside a Gold Coast home on May 24, 2009, and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police allege he died from a blunt-force trauma injury to his abdomen and had sustained about 70 injures over a period of time.

Strbak and her then-partner Matthew Scown were initially charged with murder, but the charges were downgraded at a committal hearing last year.

Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy said it would be alleged Strbak was “the author of the blunt-force trauma” that killed Tyrell.

Her barrister said the sentence later this month would be contested as she was pleading guilty on the basis of criminal negligence.


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