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Man accused of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home and texted photo of it to friend will stay in jail before trial

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County)A Somerset County man who allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home and then texted a photo of the burning home to a friend will stay in jail before trial.

Patrick M. Hammond, 34, of Somerville Borough appeared in superior court on Friday in regard to the state’s motion for pretrial detention before Judge Peter J. Tober, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Hammond was arrested on Dec. 30 and subsequently charged with second-degree aggravated arson and first-degree attempted murder in connection with a structure fire set to a single family home on Starview Drive in Hillsborough Township, Robertson said.

The fire which displaced eight residents was reported on Dec. 30 at 12:40 a.m., Robertson said.

There were no injuries or deaths, Robertson said.

After a hearing on Jan. 4, Judge Tober entered an order granting the State’s motion to detain Hammond pre-trial, Robertson said.

Hammond has been in custody and lodged in the Somerset County Jail since Dec. 30. He will remain in custody until further order of the court and is not free on pretrial release, Robertson said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Patrick M. Hammond/Courtesy Somerset County Prosectuor’s Office)