Teen Charged Over Mason Lee's Death Granted Bail
A teenager charged over the death of Queensland toddler Mason Jet Lee might have been present when the child suffered a critical blow, a court has heard.
Ryan Robert Barry Hodson was charged in July last year with the manslaughter of 22-month-old Mason, who died from severe injuries in Caboolture on June 11, 2016.
A successful bail bid in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday heard the crown case - described by prosecutor Vicky Loury as "compelling" - now also alleged Hodson may have been there when a blow was administered to the victim.
But the court also heard there was "no direct evidence" about who was responsible for the critical blow to Mason's abdomen, or when the injury occurred.
Justice Debra Mullins noted the 18-year-old had already spent 95 days in custody and granted him bail on conditions including "random" visits by police to ensure he was meeting a curfew.
In granting bail, Justice Mullins noted Hodson had experienced "some difficulties" complying with conditions of Supreme Court bail granted in August 2016.
But she also said it was "surprising" that police had decided to press ahead with an application to revoke it before the matter could return to the higher court.
Intellectual testing had not been undertaken and could be relevant to his conduct before bail was revoked, defence barrister Scott Lynch said.
"At the end of the day, he needs to be occupied," he added.
Hodson denies Mason was ever put in his care during the three weeks before his death, during which time he lived with co-accused William Andrew O'Sullivan.
O'Sullivan and Mason's mother Anne Maree Lee remain in custody charged with manslaughter and cruelty to children.