A man from Yeovil has appeared in court charged with a string of offences across Somerset, including raids on post offices and shops, stealing cars and breaking a man's jaw.
Jonathan Lee Hughes, of Roping Road, is alleged to used the first of three stolen cars in a burglary at the One-Stop Shop in Kingsbury Episcopi, from where tobacco worth £1,000 was stolen.
He is also said to have used another two in attempted burglaries of the Supply Stores/Post Office at Queen Camel and the One-Stop Shop at Curry Rivel on April 29. A further charge relates to the theft of a mobile phone from a former partner's house.
Hughes pleaded not guilty to all these offences apart from the attempted burglary at Queen Camel to which he did not indicate a plea.
He also entered no plea to the charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm to Carl Hodges during a fight in Crewkerne on February 5, during which Mr Hodges' jaw was broken in two places.
Magistrates ordered all the matters be sent to Taunton Crown Court and adjourned the case until a preliminary hearing on May 26.
Meanwhile two further allegations of assault and taking a vehicle without consent, which were denied by the defendant, were adjourned until May 7 when a date will be fixed for a trial to take place at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court.
In the meantime the Bench remanded Hughes in custody after rejecting an application by defending solicitor Greg Peters for him to be released on bail.