Mason Jet Lee
Mason Jet Lee

Step-father refused bail over young Mason Jet Lee's death

THE step-father of slain Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee has had a second bid for freedom denied on the grounds he poses an "unacceptable risk" to witnesses.

William Andrew O'Sullivan, is accused of causing a "blunt force trauma injury" to the 22-month-old's abdomen and failing to seek the medical help which could have saved his life.

Medical reports allege that along with a fractured leg and broken coccyx, Mason showed signs of intestinal and anal tears.

The Brisbane Supreme Court today heard that O'Sullivan allegedly told someone he knew that Mason had been vomiting all over him for several days and that he had rubbed the toddler's face in the vomit to teach him a lesson.

Police will also allege soiled nappies found in the home contained traces of blood.

Reviewing O'Sullivan's bail application, Justice Peter Flanagan noted an undisclosed address and $10,000 surety had been offered and the accused was willing to take part in counselling and mental health assessments.

He accepted O'Sullivan's history did not suggest he would fail to appear at future court dates but said he did pose a significant risk to the "safety and welfare" of witnesses including Mason's mother Anne-Maree who is co-accused on the basis that she too allegedly failed to seek medical help.

He said police had downloaded evidence from O'Sullivan's phone which allegedly showed he had contacted Ms Lee just three weeks after being ordered by a court not to do so and that he had previously threatened to shoot people. 

He said for that reason and on the "strength of the evidence" he was satisfied bail should be refused.

O'Sullivan was remanded in custody.

A trial is unlikely to take place until 2018.

-ARM Newsdesk
 


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