A man accused of murdering a homeless man in Bathurst has been granted bail to live with his mother who says deadlocks will keep him at home.
Stephen Greenfield, then 38, was arrested in November 2020 and charged with the 2015 murder of Reginald Mullaly.
The 68-year-old, who had been living under a bridge in the NSW central west city, sustained head injuries and stab wounds.
In the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice Hament Dhanji granted Greenfield bail noting the crown case relied heavily of admissions said to have been made to his former partner.
Greenfield was also said to have used bleach on his hands, but the judge noted some evidence that he suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder.
"The crown case is not, to my way of thinking, an overwhelming crown case," he said.
"This case may get stronger or may not."
The prosecutor opposed bail, referring to his previous non-compliance with court orders and submitting he posed an unacceptable risk.
Greenfield's mother, Robyn McFarlane, testified he could live with her and other relatives at Cargo, 50km west of Orange, which was 50km west of Bathurst.
Her son had changed since the birth of a relative and he wouldn't "risk anything for that child".
She denied she would do anything to support her son, saying she would not lie or cover up for him, but she could physically stop him from getting out of her home to breach any bail.
She had deadlocks on her doors and he wouldn't be able to get out.
In granting $1000 bail, Justice Dhanji noted the lengthy delay between the crime and the identification of Greenfield as a person of interest and the charging of him in 2020.
Bail conditions include living with his mother, reporting to Orange police three times a week, abstaining from alcohol and a 6 pm to 8 am curfew.
His case is next in Bathurst Local Court on October 13.
Australian Associated Press