Tyrell Cobb's Mother's Sentencing Enters Fourth Day
The sentencing of a Gold Coast mother who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her four-year-old son is set to continue, following a day book-ended by dramatic scenes in court.
Heidi Strbak appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday as her contested sentencing hearing for a manslaughter charge entered its third day.
Following a sometimes-tense testimony, the little boy's father Jason Cobb slammed and damaged a glass door as he left the court.
Justice Peter Applegarth later described the incident as "unfortunate" but said he didn't intend to take the matter further.
"Obviously emotions run high in this case, for obvious reasons," he said at the end of Thursday's hearing.
It came after Mr Cobb was grilled by defence barrister Greg McGuire about his evidence that Strbak called him and said she couldn't "handle" the child in the days preceding his death.
On a separate occasion, the court heard Tyrell appeared to fall quiet before telling his father Strbak's then-partner Matthew Scown "keeps hitting my head".
Last month, Scown was sentenced to four years' jail for manslaughter but walked from court, having already spent two years and eight months in custody.
Child killer Matthew Scown will stay out of jail and enjoy his freedom despite widespread outrage over his meagre sentence. He served less than three years behind bars for the horrific manslaughter of four year old Tyrell Cobb. #MatthewScown #7News pic.twitter.com/oiq9SnPJrN— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 9, 2017
Former neighbour Catherine Dyball also testified on Thursday and said she recalled hearing the sound of a child screaming, then suddenly stopping, on the evening of May 24, 2009, when Tyrell died.
Strbak pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of criminal negligence, but the prosecution is arguing she was responsible for the blunt force trauma that caused her young son's death.
The hearing is expected to resume before Justice Applegarth at 11:30am on Friday.