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The man is facing charges for offences which allegedly took place in Casino, Goonellabah and Yama during June and July.

Police allege the 20-year-old and two others broke into a supermarket at Goonellabah on 2 June while a worker was present. When police attended he ran away dropping a charity tin he had stolen.

Two days later, he was seen in Yamba riding a bike without a helmet. After running from police he was caught and gave a fake name.

After being placed in the rear of a police truck, he allegedly kicked the door open and escaped and police were unable to catch him.

They did however have his mobile phone.

Then on 2 July, police allege the man has chased his 16-year-old partner along Hotham Street in Casino while armed with a machete.

When he caught the woman he allegedly kneed her in the face, grabbed her by the hair and choked her. She was taken to hospital.

Casino police will further allege that on 3 July the 20 year old has taken his 16 year old partner to Elsmer Jones Park, Casino.

There he has made her lay on the ground. He then kicked her to the face, pulled her by her hair along the ground, kicked her in the ribs and punched her in the stomach. He pressed the blade of scissors into her neck and made threats to kill her.

Police attended an address in Laurel Street Casino on 5 July where they found the 20-year-old hiding under a pile of clothing. The man was placed under arrest and police also seized body armour and a machete.

The man was taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with Aggravated Break Enter and steal –commit serious Indictable Offence, Not Wear Helmet, No Front Light, No rear Light, ride on footpath, enter inclosed lands, escape police custody, resist police, Armed With Intent, Assault x 2, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Intimidation, Possess Prohibited Article (body armor).

An urgent Interim Apprehended Violence Order was also served on him.

The 20-year-old was refused bail to appear in court today.


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