Man poured petrol over girlfriend and threatened to set her alight

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A MAN who poured petrol over his girlfriend and threatened to set her alight has been sent to prison for 22 months.

Michael Quinn also broke Claire Faulkener’s nose after he claimed to hear her talking in her sleep about other men, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The incident with the petrol happened after Quinn and Ms Faulkener had argued,” said Martin Towers, prosecuting.

“She was in the kitchen of the house when Quinn appeared with a jerry can of fuel and poured it over her.

“He then produced a lighter and threatened to set her on fire.

“Others in the house helped to calm the situation.

“At first, Quinn refused to let Ms Faulkener leave, but eventually she went to stay the night with a neighbour.”

Mr Towers told the court the assault happened a few months later.

“Ms Faulkener suffered bloody injuries and two black eyes,” added Mr Towers.

“A few days after that, Quinn threw a brick through the living room window of the house from the outside, while his partner was in the room inside.”

Quinn, 33, of Phelp Square, Hetton, admitted affray on a date unknown, assault occasioning actual bodily harm on June 13, and criminal damage on June 16.

The court heard Quinn has 42 previous convictions for offences including assault, dishonesty and public disorder.

Chris Baker, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Quinn accepts the relationship is now over.

“He has an address and job he can go to outside the area when he is released.”

The Recorder, Mr Stuart Brown QC, jailed Quinn for 22 months.

The recorder told Quinn: “You may have no history of domestic violence, but these were disgraceful incidents of it.

“Pouring petrol over your victim will have left her feeling frightened and vulnerable, and the later assault was a serious one.”