Electronically monitored bail has been granted to James Stedman Roberts, who has been in custody since June charged with the murder of his stepson, Leon Michael leFleming Jayet-Cole.
The bail was granted in a reserved decision released today by Justice Rachel Dunningham after a hearing two days ago in the High Court at Christchurch.
Reporting of the details of bail hearings is strictly controlled by the Bail Act, and in this case Justice Dunningham has banned publication of the conditions imposed.
The 34-year-old labourer, from Redwood, is charged with murdering Leon, an autistic boy aged five, on May 27. The police said at the time that Leon had received multiple injuries, including head injuries, and had died after his admission to hospital.
The case is now set down for a pre-trial hearing on February 18.