A man accused of the manslaughter and sexual assault of a five-month-old baby in Alice Springs has been granted bail.
Warning: This story contains distressing details about a baby’s injuries.
Michael Smedley died in 2012. A coronial hearing in 2016 found he had 26 bruises to his body, sperm on his anus and blood on his nappy.
The accused man, who cannot be identified, was released today after being arrested on Friday, six years after the baby died.
He was required to pay a surety of $5,000, surrender his passport, stay in Alice Springs and be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet.
The baby’s mother, Tayla Smedley, and several supporters were in court to see the accused man get bail.
“He’s a dog, mate. That’s bullshit,” said one supporter after Judge Greg Borchers made his decision to release the accused man.
“They let dogs get bail,” he added, as Ms Smedley and her group left the courtroom before the short hearing was finished.
Prosecutor Steve Robson told the court he expected it would take less than the average time for the Crown to prepare its case.
Judge Borchers ordered the brief of evidence against the accused man be filed ahead of the next hearing on May 24.