Man accused of murdering autistic boy found dead

ONE News can now confirm a Christchurch man accused of murdering his five-year-old autistic stepson is dead.

Leon Jayet-Cole.

James Roberts' death has been referred to the Coroner.

The 35-year-old was found dead at his father's property in Riccarton yesterday.

Roberts was on electronically-monitored bail at the address, awaiting his trial which was set to begin on October 31.

His stepson, Leon Jayet-Cole, was rushed to Christchurch Hospital with serious head injuries in May last year.

He died in hospital the next day.