1. Four-year-old “punched in stomach” before he vomited green slime and died.
A four-year-old boy told of how he had been punched in the stomach by his step-dad as he vomited “green slime” and then, tragically died.
He was found unconscious at his home in Biggera Waters in May 2009 and died later in hospital.
Tyrell Cobb’s uncle Danial Allan was giving evidence in a committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court that will determine whether Tyrell’s mother Heidi Strbak, 33, and her ex-partner Matthew Scown, 33, should stand trial for murder his death.
Mr Allan told the hearing he visited Tyrell one day before his death and his step-sister told him her son had been injured at school.
“He wasn’t well — again,” Mr Allan said. “He was throwing up, green sort of slimy stuff into a bucket.”
“We watched a movie and then he wanted to go to bed.”
Forensic pathologist, Professor Beng Beng Ong testified that he believed the little boy had died as a result of extensive internal bleeding, peritonitis and shock caused by a blunt-force trauma injury to the abdomen.
The Courier Mail reports that another witness, Mr Allan’s former partner Nicole Brown said that Mr Allan had told her his sister’s partner had murdered the boy.
Ms Brown said in a statement: “Danny said he (Tyrell) was on the floor with green stuff coming out everywhere.”
A neighbour, Rachel Frear, said she used to hear a woman “screaming ‘shut up’ or ‘be quiet’”. Her husband Peter Frear told the hearing a “druggie-looking” blonde-haired woman used to scream or yell the name Ty and “bad swear words”.
2. First Dreamworld victim’s funeral to be held today.
The funeral of Sydney mother-of-two Cindy Low, 42, who died last week at Dreamworld will be held today.
Ms Low, originally from New Zealand, was on holidays on the Gold Coast with husband Matthew and children Kieran, 10, and Isla, 6, when they went to Dreamworld for a fun family day out.
Kieran was on the raft with his mother when the horrific accident occurred and was flung to safety.
Ms Low’s family yesterday released a statement ahead of the funeral at Palmdale Hillside Chapel on the Central Coast of NSW today.
“We have spent every day trying to put one foot in front of the other, and it is extremely hard,” the family said.
“It is impossible to imagine a world without Cindy … it is going to take us a long time to find our way.”