A St Pauls man jailed for riot in Bristol was back in court – this time for abusing a former partner.
On July 30 Stuart Quinn, 46, of Thomas Street, was jailed for three years and three months after admitting his part in disorder in the city after a Kill the Bill protest on March 31.
Quinn also tried to break a door off a police van as others tried to set it on fire, the court heard.
Today (August 23, 2021) Quinn was back in court having pleaded guilty to controlling and coercive behaviour.
Judge Mark Horton handed him four months’ prison to run after his current term.
He told Quinn: “What you did to your former partner was to crush, bully and manipulate her in a way to keep her which, in the long term, damaged her and damaged you.”
Quinn was told to pay an £80 victim surcharge.
The recommended he attend a Building Better Relationships course for his and others’ benefit.
Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, described how Quinn verbally abused his former partner and told her she was useless with money and needed looking after as she could do nothing for herself.
Miss Griggs said Quinn was also physically abusive and was rude to her friends, meaning they didn’t return and the woman became increasingly isolated.
She eventually left and reclaimed her life, the court heard.
In an impact statement she wrote: “Now I can listen to the music I want to hear, read the books I want to read and watch the films I want to watch.
“My friends didn’t like him, they told me they thought he was not very nice.
“I knew deep down what Stuart was like.
“I am now finding myself again but I still feel the control of Stuart over me.”
Catherine Spedding, defending, said her client had suffered from depression and anxiety and, after drinking too much, became involved in the city centre riot.
She said he had found consequences of breaking up with the woman very hard.