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Teen granted bail in Mason Lee case

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By Sarah Motherwell

A teenager charged over the death of Queensland toddler Mason Lee has been granted bail despite telling an informant that he planned to leave the state.

Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, 17, is one of three people charged with the manslaughter of the 21-month-old, who died from severe injuries in Caboolture on June 11.

Hodson was granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday after the Department of Public Prosecutions could not justify why he should be kept in custody until a prospective trial.

Crown prosecutor Sam Bain had argued Hodson was at risk of not appearing at future courts dates as he had told an informant at the Caboolture Watchhouse he planned to move to NSW to avoid the charge.

But Justice David Jackson noted Hodson's age and the possible harm of keeping a young person in custody until at least the second half of 2017.

"(Hodson) is, when all is said and done, a 17-year-old young man," Justice Jackson said.

Mr Bain said Hodson was also at risk of interfering with witnesses including his girlfriend who has given evidence she told Hodson that Mason looked unwell and needed help.

But Justice Jackson found there was no significant risk if conditions were put in place to stop Hodson from talking to her.

Justice Jackson also questioned the DPP's assumption that Hodson would be safer in custody given a prisoner had been recently attacked in Queensland.

Daniel Morcombe's killer Brett Peter Cowan, who must serve at least 15 more years behind bars for boy's murder, was taken to hospital last week after an inmate reportedly threw boiling water over him.

Hodson will live with his mother in Brisbane's north and be required to report to police three times a week.

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