Mason Jet Lee
Mason Jet Lee

Toddler Mason Lee's accused killer given bail and curfew

A SUPREME court justice expressed concern about a teen charged over the death of baby Mason Lee taking a baseball bat to a park.

But after balancing all factors, Justice Debra Mullins granted Ryan Robert Barry Hodson bail for his manslaughter charge but he must abide a curfew from 8pm to 6am.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard today how Mr Hodson had previously breached bail and tried escaping from the dock at Caboolture Magistrates Court.

Mason Jet Lee.
Mason Jet Lee. Contributed


Justice Mullins said Mr Hodson "didn't do very well for himself when he was released on bail last time".

The court heard the teenager went to a park with a baseball bat.

Mr Hodson did not engage in a fight on that occasion, but said he took the bat in case he needed to defend himself.

The judge was concerned this behaviour showed "a lack of insight" into the seriousness of the charges.

Hodson was convicted on a public nuisance charge on February 7 this year.

The judge mentioned other non-compliance issues.

"After he was granted bail, he managed to comply with the reporting condition but he continued to see an acquaintance who was theoretically a witness in the trial of the charge of manslaughter," she said.

But this person was unlikely to actually be called as a witness or give evidence "of any significance" at the trial, Justice Mullins added.

Prosecutors had also argued Mr Hodson should be kept in custody for his own protection.

And the court heard of the teenager's problematic behaviour at an earlier Caboolture Magistrate's Court appearance.

"It was a concern to me what happened in the magistrates court on the last occasion," Justice Mullins said.

But she said "it was surprising" police had tried on that occasion to revoke the teenager's supreme court bail.

"…The applicant obviously was distressed about what occurred and behaved in a way that resulted in further charges," she said.

Prosecutors were no longer relying on the magistrates court incident to argue against bail.

Mr Hodson lived in the same house as the toddler.

The prosecution case is that Mr Hodson "and/or a co-offender" delivered one or more blows to the toddler's abdomen, leading to a ruptured section of the small intestine.

As well as the curfew, Mr Hodson must report three days a week to police and he is banned from contacting co-offenders and another witness.

- NewsRegional

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