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Dayne Aaron Willott, 34, did not appear and did not apply for bail, which was refused.

He will appear at Tweed Heads local court on Monday to answer unrelated drugs charges.

But the sexual assault matter has been adjourned to Lismore Local Court until March 18, allowing police time to prepare a brief of evidence for the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Police raided Mr Willott’s Yao Street home on Monday on a drug bust and in the process took forensic samples.

It was only after the raid that they compared the forensics with those taken at the nearby Kingscliff Street home where the sexual assault took place that they made the connection.

Police allege that Willott forced his way into the home when the woman answered the door around 8pm on Wednesday January 28 and sexually assaulted her before running off.

In the drugs case, they alleged they seized more than 100 marijuana plants when they raided his home on Monday.

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