Mason Jet Lee.
Mason Jet Lee. Contributed

Mason Lee manslaughter accused has bail revoked

A TEENAGER charged over the death of toddler Mason Lee has had his bail revoked at a hearing on Monday.

Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, 18, had continued breaching his bail conditions, even when behind bars, Brisbane Supreme Court heard.

The latest breaches included phone calls made to a potential witness.

"No conditions alleviate the risk he poses of interfering with an important Crown witness ... and also of committing further offences," prosecutor Vicki Loury said on Monday.

"Clearly (Hodson) is a young man who faces some intellectual challenges, if I can package it that way," defence counsel Simone Bain said.

She said the phone calls did not involve any type of intimidation, harassment or discussion of the charges Hodson faced.

Ms Bain said Hodson's mother could address the concerns in a proposal he stay with her.

But Hodson had previously stayed at his mother's house while on bail and Justice Brown was not persuaded that situation was tenable.

Justice Debra Mullins had granted Hodson bail on June 26, despite his conviction earlier in the year on a public nuisance charge and his attempt to escape Caboolture Magistrates Court on March 23.

Justice Brown said on Monday that Hodson had been convicted of breaches five times.

Once was for breaching curfew, and four convictions related to him contacting witnesses.

Justice Brown said the offences Hodson committed while on bail were "not of a serious nature".

The judge said Hodson and the witness he phoned from jail obviously had an ongoing relationship.

Justice Brown said that there was "a continued risk" Hodson would try contacting the witness.

Hodson first appeared in court at Caboolture Magistrates Court last August in relation to Mason's death, charged with manslaughter.

Mason's mother Anne Maree Louise Lee, 28, and her partner William Andrew O'Sullivan, 36, have been charged with manslaughter and cruelty to children.

Mason died in June last year. He was 21 months old. - NewsRegional

News Corp Australia


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