Strict conditions for baby assault accused

A 31-year-old Canterbury man was granted bail on strict conditions when he faced two charges alleging serious assaults on a newborn baby on the same day in July.

The man is forbidden to have any contact with any child aged under five years during the remand to October 3.

He is also forbidden to have any contact with the victim or witnesses, not to possess any firearm, and to reside at a specific address outside Christchurch.

Christchurch District Court Judge John Strettell granted interim suppression or name, which was not opposed by the police.

The police asked for a suppression order on all the facts of the case. Judge Strettell granted that order and explained that details of the charge and the remand could be reported, but details in the summary of facts were not allowed to be published at present.

The man entered no plea to two charges of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to the baby on July 24 in Christchurch.

He has been on police bail since his recent arrest, and has now been put on court bail with several conditions which had already been agreed to ahead of today’s brief court appearance.

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