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A former Byron Bay school girl has been deprived of bail in the District Court over the attempted murder of a Murwillumbah grandfather in 2014.

Jessica Fallon appeared in Lismore District Court on Thursday charged with the attempted murder of Michael Martin Snr at South Murwillumbah on April 7.

It is alleged Ms Fallon, aged 21 at the time of the alleged crime, was hired by Mr Martin’s son, Michael Martin to murder his father so he could benefit from $2.5 million in life insurance policies taken out against his father.

Mr Martin was stabbed in the eye and the neck in an alleged savage attack by Ms Fallon.

‘I stabbed someone the person was on the news,’ Ms Fallon stated in facts previously tendered before the court.

‘Yes, I was part of it.

‘I’m going to be paying for it for a very long time.

‘I can’t justify it.

‘It is a long story and he deserved it.’

Ms Fallon was arrested in February 2015, charged with attempted murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm and refused bail.

This was after Mr Martin was attacked and murdered in June 2014, when he returned home from hospital.

His son Michael Martin and his wife Candice are charged in relation to the murder.

In December 2016, Ms Fallon was granted conditional bail after pleading not guilty to attempting to murder Mr Martin Snr.

The trio appeared in court in February and after all three pleaded not guilty to their charges, a trial was set down for August.

Mr Martin was remanded in custody and Ms Fallon and Ms Martin had their bail continued.

Yesterday in Lismore District Court Judge Laura Wells refused Ms Fallon bail and she was remanded in custody.

He matters were adjourned until August 11.

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