Suppression lapses ahead of baby injury trial

Name suppression has lifted on a 32-year-old Rangiora man five days before he is due to stand trial in the High Court on charges of injuring a four-week-old baby who has since died.

Hayden Anthony Gray’s trial is scheduled to begin in the High Court at Christchurch on Monday before Justice Rob Osborne.

The trial, expected to take four days, is before a judge-alone, with Elizabeth Bulger as defence counsel for Gray, and Deirdre Elsmore prosecuting for the Crown.

Gray denies three charges of injuring Carter Hutton in mid-2017. The Crown will allege that the child had bruises, healing fractures, and then suffered a further assault.

Carter was allegedly seriously injured on July 24, 2017, and died on July 25, 2018. The police reviewed the case at that stage but confirmed there would be no change in the charges.

Justice Gerald Nation heard suppression arguments at a pre-trial session today and decided that interim orders lapsed on the names of Gray and Carter Hutton.

Gray remains on bail.