Four-year-old boy's stepdad walks free after pleading guilty to manslaughter

A man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his four-year-old stepson Tyrell Cobb has walked free after being given a four-year suspended prison sentence.


Matthew Scown left Brisbane Supreme Court after his sentence was suspended on Wednesday, with crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy saying he had offered "considerable co-operation", and after already spending 987 days in prison.

The court heard Scown did not cause the injuries that led to Tyrell's death and he was instead sentenced because he had failed in his duty of care to the boy by not seeking medical treatment as early as possible.

Matthew Scown pleaded guilty to the 2009 manslaughter of Tyrell Cobb at the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday. Source: 7 News