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Tyrell Cobb: Heidi Strbak, mother of 4yo boy, charged with his murder on Gold Coast

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Two arrested over death of four-year-old Tyrell Cobb in 2009

    August 13, 2015

    THE mother of Gold Coast four-year-old Tyrell Cobb and her ex-partner have been charged with the boy’s torture and murder.

    Heidi Strbak, 32, was arrested today on the Gold Coast after police launched a cold case investigation into Tyrell’s death in 2009.

    Ms Strbak’s ex-partner, Matthew Scown, also 32, was arrested on the Sunshine Coast. He too was charged with torture and murder.

    Both are expected to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

    Scown was charged with Tyrell’s murder in 2010 but the prosecution was discontinued.

    Tyrell died from serious injuries after being taken to Gold Coast Hospital in May 2009.

    Detective Inspector Mark White, of the Child Protection Investigation Unit, said police launched a cold case investigation about 15 months ago.

    He said “every aspect” of the case was re-examined, forensic experts were consulted and legal advice was sought.
    He said his officers had been touched by Tyrell’s death and were “very committed” to solving the case


  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Tyrell Cobb: Heidi Strbak, mother of 4yo boy, charged with his murder on Gold Coast

    13th August, 2015

    The mother of a four-year-old boy who died on the Gold Coast six years ago has been charged with his murder.

    Heidi Strbak and her former de facto partner Matthew Ian Scown, both 32, were also charged with one count of torture.

    Strbak appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody while Scown will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

    Tyrell was found unconscious at a residence in May 2009 and later died in hospital.

    It was believed Tyrell suffered severe internal injuries but Detective Inspector White said he could not go into details.

    "The particulars of when injuries were sustained to Tyrell we believe occurred over a number of days," he said.

    "That is what is forming our basis for the additional charge of torture.

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Monsters. :maddening:
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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Mother charged with torture and murder of Tyrell Cobb

    August 14, 2015

    A MAN has appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with murdering and torturing his former partner’s four-year-old boy who died six years ago.

    Tyrell Cobb was found unconscious at a Biggera Waters home on the Gold Coast on May 24, 2009, and was taken to hospital, where he died that day.

    Tyrell’s mother Heidi Strbak, 32, and her former partner Matthew Ian Anthony Scown, 32, from the Sunshine Coast, were arrested yesterday.

    Scown, who appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court today, was originally charged with Tyrell’s murder, but the prosecution was discontinued in 2010.

    He did not apply for bail and he was remanded in custody. The case will be before the court again on September 21.

    Strbak yesterday was remanded in custody until her next appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 21.

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Tyrell Cobb death: Two people charged with murder, torture

    August 14, 2015

    Matthew Anthony Ian Scown, 32, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday morning after he was charged with the torture and murder of Tyrell Cobb in 2009.

    Scown smiled at a group of supporters in the dock during his brief appearance, including three young children.

    Last month police had indicated a public appeal for details about Tyrell's life had uncovered new information.

    They had called for anyone who may have lived at or visited two unit complexes where the boy lived - in Biggera Waters and Runaway Bay - to come forward.

    The pair was charged with torture because police believed Tyrell suffered injuries over a number of days, Detective Inspector Mark White said on Thursday.

    A post-mortem found more than 70 different injuries on his body, according to a pathologist report obtained by Fairfax Media. The cause of death was listed as "intra-abdominal injuries".

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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    There have been so many similar cases over past few years. It's just horrific!!

    I'm sure the parents loved and appreciated the $5,500 baby bonus handed out when their babies were born. They sure didn't love and appreciate the precious babies!
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  8. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

    This reminds me of the Robert Manwell (sp?) case awhile back here in the U.S. Every time I see that little boy's picture, I can't keep myself from crying. Now precious Tyrell joins little Robert in breaking my heart for the hideous cruelty they had to endure at the hands of the ones who were supposed to love them.:vigil:
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  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Murder accused mother Heidi Strbak to make bid for freedom

    August 20, 2015

    A mother accused of killing her four-year-old son will make a bid for freedom in Queensland's Supreme Court next month.

    Her lawyer Mark Bamberry said his client wanted to fight the charges and that she did not pose a risk to the community if released ahead of her trial.

    "The offence is old, she's unlikely to re-offend and she has ties to Queensland. She's not going to abscond," he said.

    "If the Supreme Court has any concerns, there's no reason that with appropriate conditions she can't be released into the community pending the outcome of this matter."

    "She has the support of her family so we're just going to try to help her through a really difficult time in her life."

  10. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    "The offense is old" ----- SERIOUSLY.

    Sometimes I wonder whether defense lawyers are aware of some of the nonsense that is actually emerging from their mouths.
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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Unbelievable although no surprise ...the "mother" was granted bail....

    Bail granted to Queensland woman accused of torturing, killing four-year-old son

    Wed 16 Sep 2015

    A woman accused of murdering her four-year-old son on the Gold Coast has been granted bail in the Supreme Court in Brisbane

    Today the court heard a medical examiner found evidence of 70 separate injuries on the child's body over a period of time.

    Prosecutor David Meredith said a neighbour claimed they heard Strbak physically hitting the child when her partner was not home.

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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Tyrell Cobb’s mother Heidi Strbak in court charged with torturing and murdering him in 2009

    September 26, 2015

    A MOTHER accused of torturing and murdering her young child admitted to lying during a police interview after the boy’s death, it is alleged.

    Four-year-old Tyrell Cobb was unconscious when paramedics arrived at his Gold Coast home on May 24, 2009, after he had been vomiting green and brown bile for a few days prior to dying.

    Doctors would later identify about 70 abrasions and separate bruises covering the boy’s body.

    “The combination of both haemorrhage and peritonitis had resulted in shock and eventual death,” a post-mortem states in an objection to bail affidavit.

    Now, six years later, his mother Heidi Strbak, 32, has been charged with his torture and murder. Her co-accused is her former partner, Matthew Ian Anthony Scown, 32, who faces the murder charge for the second time after police originally accused him of the crime back in 2009.

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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Tyrell Cobb’s accused killer says boy’s mother more likely the culprit

    November 4, 2015

    A MAN charged with the murder of a four-year-old Gold Coast boy has been refused bail despite his legal team arguing someone else could have inflicted the fatal blows on the child.

    Scown’s barrister Carl Heaton QC said his client was charged again when new medical evidence emerged that Tyrell’s fatal injuries, caused by blunt-force trauma, could have been inflicted days prior to his death, not mere hours as was originally thought.

    But Mr Heaton argued that rather than implicate Scown further, the evidence actually showed the child’s mother, Heidi Strbak, was the more likely culprit.

    “(The new evidence) all tends to implicate Heidi Strbak as the person more likely to be inflicting force on the child and causing injury to him,” he said.

    But Justice Philip McMurdo said he was not minded to grant bail given Scown’s criminal history, which included convictions for assault and breaches of bail.

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