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An Ocean Shores man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a man while armed with a knife in January allegedly broke into a Byron Bay home and stole two cars while on bail.

Jarred Cormick appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday and entered guilty pleas to charges of using an offensive weapon to commit an indictable offence, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and common assault, after initially pleading not guilty to the charges.

It is alleged on January 6, 2016, between 4.30am and 6.30am, 21-year-old Mr Cormick assaulted a man while armed with a knife at Goonellabah.

He was arrested and charged over the incident and granted conditional bail, which he breached when he failed to appear at Lismore Local Court on May 17, 2016.

When he wanted to move from Richmond Hill to Ocean Shores, Mr Cormick had his bail conditions varied by the court on September 12, 2016.

Then between 3.30 am and 3.55 am on March 20 this year, it is alleged Mr Cormick broke into the workshop of the BP service station on the Summerland Way at Kyogle.

While inside the workshop it is alleged he stole tools valued at $6350 and a black Queensland registered Hyundai Elantra vehicle.

Between March 28 and March 30, it is also alleged Mr Cormick was a passenger in a stolen Audi station wagon at Alstonville.

On the evening of March 12. Mr Cormick allegedly broke into a home on St Helena Rd at McLeods Shoot while people were home and stole a number of items.

It is alleged he was travelling in a stolen Holden SS Commodore, taken from Ocean Shores on April 2, when he went from St Helena to Byron Bay.

After that alleged incident, Mr Cormick allegedly went to a home on Tallowood Crescent at Byron Bay and broke into the residence, while people were home and stole a number of items.

He then allegedly stole a Toyota Hilux with NSW registration to get home.

When police caught up with Mr Cormick he was charged with two counts of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence while people were there, knowingly be carried in a stolen conveyance and take and drive conveyance.
On Monday Magistrate David Heilpern ordered for a much of the brief of evidence against Mr Cormick to be served by August 29.

He adjourned Mr Cormick’s matters until September 5, at Lismore Local Court.

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