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It's also possible that this happens due to the music notation SOFTWARE. As is noted by the OP, there isn't a particular good reason to have a "rogue" accidental out there in the bars, unless it's a courtesy.
They are still courtesy accidentals. They are there because the editor/composer feels like the performer would benefit from it being there it. It could be any reason from it's the first time this note is encountered in this piece so they want you to know the quality of it or it's due to the arrangement being slightly different and they want to be very ...
A different voice or or instrument or octave might have had a note with a different accidental previously. That's not sufficient when the accidental is actually needed in this voice/instrument/octave but it renders the situation confusing enough that its absence is also indicated explicitly. The situation is similar with a clef change: if a local ...
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