LNP sen­tenc­ing vow

Party prom­ises ap­peal if in power

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - MATTHEW KILLORAN

THE LNP will seek to ap­peal against 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 Tyrrell Cobb did not meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.

It comes as Tyrell’s un­cle yes­ter­day told a court the Gold Coast tod­dler had told him shortly be­fore he died that he’d 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.

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 lodg­ing an ap­peal against the sen­tence.

“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 At­tor­neyGen­eral would “ab­so­lutely” look at ap­peal­ing Scown’s sen­tence.

“How in­sen­si­tive is that for the man to be laugh­ing af­ter the death of his step­son. Ab­so­lutely, ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able,” she said in Oc­to­ber.

Asked yes­ter­day if twoyears and eight months jail was enough for a child killer, Ms Palaszczuk said it would be un­wise for her to com­ment while mat­ters re­lated to Tyrell’s death were still be­fore the courts.

“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.”

She said Ms D’Ath had al­ready re­ferred sen­tences re­lated to child deaths to the Queens­land Sen­tenc­ing Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for re­view.

Ms D’Ath re­sponded yes­ter­day by say­ing she had ap­pealed against the un­re­lated seven-year sen­tence of Arm­strong Re­nata 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.

A court heard yes­ter­day that Tyrell Cobb, 4, told his un­cle shortly be­fore he died that Matthew Scown had punched him.

Matthew Scown leaves the Supreme Court in Oc­to­ber.

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