A 35-year-old Pincher Creek man, accused of setting fires that destroyed two buildings in the community Jan. 9, will remain in custody until at least Feb. 15.
Michael Patterson, who appeared for a bail hearing Thursday, Jan. 18, via closed-circuit television from Lethbridge Correctional Centre, is charged with two counts of arson and separate charges of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and disarming/attempting to disarm a peace officer.
Citing the Crown’s opposition to Patterson’s immediate release back into the community, defence counsel Vincent Guinan made an application to adjourn the matter for four weeks. The motion was approved by Justice Grace Auger.
Patterson confirmed to the court his willingness to remain in custody, known as remand by consent, until his next appearance, also to be by video link, Feb. 15 in Pincher Creek court of justice.