A 12-year-old Montreal boy charged with manslaughter and possession of a prohibited firearm in the death of his 16-year-old brother may be allowed to attend his brother's funeral.

The boy, who lives in the suburb of Dorval, appeared in youth court in Montreal today.

At the request of lawyers for the prosecution and the defence, the court recommended Tuesday that the accused be allowed to attend his brother's funeral on Thursday, accompanied by two guardians from Batshaw Youth Services, Quebec's youth protection service.

Officials with Batshaw will determine whether the boy can attend the funeral.

The 12 year old's bail hearing is set for Feb. 8.

In the meantime, the boy has been ordered not to communicate with four people who may be called to testify during the trial.