OUT ON BAIL: Woman, 22, accused of attempted murder
THE former Byron Bay schoolgirl accused of the violent attempted murder of a South Murwillumbah man has today been committed to stand trial in the Lismore District Court.
Jessica Honey Fallon was just 20 when she allegedly invaded the unit of Michael Anthony Martin on April 7, 2014 and proceeded to stab him and brutally bash another man.
Today she formally pleaded not guilty to the grievous bodily harm with intent to murder Mr Martin, who was then 46, and the reckless grievous bodily harm in company of Edmund Andrew Manning.
Fallon has been in custody since being charged last year but was granted bail yesterday by the NSW Supreme Court.
She wore a navy blue suit for her brief appearance today and was represented by her solicitor Edwina Lloyd.
Michael Anthony Martin was ultimately murdered in June 2014 - just two months after the alleged attack by Fallon.
That alleged murder is now a separate matter currently awaiting trial in the Supreme Court.
The Crown prosecutor sought to delay Fallon's arraignment today in order to link it to Supreme Court trial, in which Martin's son Michael Martin Jnr is accused of murdering his father.
But Fallon's solicitor Eddie Lloyd told Lismore District Court Judge L Wells that the Crown had failed to file the relevant application to do so and had already had one adjournment granted.
Judge Wells ruled to proceed with the arraignment and ordered Fallon to stand trial on June 27 next year.
Fallon, now 22, covered her face as she left court accompanied by supporters and her lawyer.