Accused murderer of Tyrell Cobb, 4, denied bail

A FORMER Sunshine Coast and Gladstone man charged with the murder of four-year-old Tyrell Cobb has a history of domestic assaults and other violent crimes.

Matthew Ian Scown's criminal history was detailed in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday when he applied for bail.

Justice Philip McMurdo rejected Mr Scown's application, saying the Crown had a "quantity of medical evidence from which it will argue the child died from the deliberate infliction of force to the child's abdomen".

Mr Scown, 32, was not in court to hear Crown prosecutor Sarah Dennis argue his past "attitude" toward bail conditions meant he could re-offend if released.

Tyrell Cobb
Tyrell Cobb supplied

Police allege Mr Scown and his partner Heidi Strbak were responsible for inflicting the wounds that killed Ms Strbak's son six years ago.

Tyrell died in hospital on May 24, 2009, shortly after he was found unconscious in a house at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

Mr Scown and Ms Strbak - his former partner - were charged in August over the little boy's death.Ms Dennis told the court Mr Scown had a history of violence and of breaching bail conditions.

She said Mr Scown disregarded his bail conditions for other matters when he moved to NSW in 2014.While living in that state, the accused was charged over several domestic violence incidents, the court heard.

"(From) the offences which happened in the last couple of years in particular - offences of violence and breaches of court orders, like failure to appear and breaches of bail conditions, there's nothing … to indicate his attitude has changed in any way to his obligations," Ms Dennis said.

Mr Scown's defence lawyer argued because his client was due for parole on unrelated offences, the parole board's conditions and any new bail conditions would help keep him out of trouble if released.

Justice McMurdo took into account the prosecution's concerns Mr Scown would commit offences while on bail and not adhere to the conditions.

"The more serious concern is the risk of re-offending," Justice McMurdo said.

"His recent criminal history - which has a series of offences of violence from 2012 through to 2014 - are a matter of particular concern."

Ms Strbak was released on bail in August.

A committal hearing is expected to be held next year.




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