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South Hetton man jailed for domestic attacks, including threatening to set partner on fire
A MAN threatened to set his partner on fire following a row in a pub which continued when they reached home.
During a lull in the argument Michael George Quinn briefly left the house before returning with a cannister from which he began pouring petrol over his petrified partner.
Durham Crown Court heard that the couple’s next door neighbour, who was at the house at the time, intervened demanding to know what he was doing.
But he then produced a lighter and threatened to ignite the petrol.
Martin Towers, prosecuting, said there was no spark from the lighter and others present stopped Quinn persisting with his threats, urging his partner to go and wash herself.
The still agitated Quinn would neither allow her to leave the house or to have a bath.
Mr Towers said she was eventually able to change from her petrol-soaked clothing into her pyjamas.
She was escorted to the neighbour’s home to spend the night, despite abuse from Quinn.
Mr Towers said those events took place early this year, but were not reported until after Quinn’s arrest following two further “domestic” natured incidents in June.
He woke in the early hours of June 13 and attacked his partner, accusing her of uttering men’s names in her sleep.
She suffered two black eyes and a suspected broken nose, while two days later he was seen shouting aggressively at her in the street before throwing a brick through the living room window when she went inside.
Following a phone call from his partner’s mother, in which Quinn threatened to repeat his actions, police were called.
They described the house “a mess” on arriving to arrest him.
Mr Towers said both the victim and neighbour withdrew co-operation with the prosecution, “at a late stage”, as the case was due before the court.
Quinn, 33, of Phalp Street, South Hetton, admitted affray, assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage, which Mr Towers said were accepted by the prosecution, in the absence of witness evidence to support stronger charges.
Chris Baker, mitigating, told the court the relationship is now over, and Quinn, who has been in custody since his arrest, plans to move away if released.
Mr Baker said there is an offer of a job in the wood shaving business from a long-term friend, out of the region.
Jailing him for 22 months, however, Recorder Stuart Brown told Quinn that although there are no cases of domestic violence previously recorded against him, he could only deal with such incidents with an immediate custodial sentence.
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