Bail granted to Ihaka Stokes murder accused

High Court-panoply1Bail has been granted to the 22-year-old Christchurch man charged with the murder of 14-month-old Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes after a hearing in the High Court at Christchurch.

Justice David Gendall released details of his decision today, but bail hearings are subject to strict statutory suppression orders and additional bans on publication have been ordered in this case.

The man was earlier refused continued name suppression, but the interim order will continue until September 15 when it will lift automatically unless an appeal against that decision is filed in the meantime.

Phil Shamy appears as defence counsel for the man who has been in custody since his arrest in mid-July.

The man faces charges of assaulting the child on July 2 and murdering him the next day. He has entered not guilty pleas to both charges.

Justice Gendall has granted bail for the man to live at an address outside Christchurch where the details are suppressed. He has to travel directly to the address upon his release from prison, and he will be subject to a 24-hour-a-day curfew at the property.

He is not allowed to leave the property without the approval of the court and is not to travel to Christchurch city unless he has to appear in court or instruct his lawyer. In those cases he has to notify the police and the court in advance to get approval, and so that any accommodation in Christchurch can be approved.

There is also a list of people he is not allowed to contact directly or indirectly, including via text, Facebook, or any other online communication method.

He is not allowed to contact them, and if they contact him he is to use his best endeavours to end the contact immediately.

Ihaka died after being taken to Christchurch Hospital on July 3. Police said he had died from multiple blunt force fractures.

The man was charged with murder after extensive police inquiries about two weeks later.

The case is now remanded to a case review session in the High Court on October 2.



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