Coventry man jailed after breaking his dad’s jaw, headbutting police officer and racially abusing another - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

Coventry man jailed after breaking his dad’s jaw, headbutting police officer and racially abusing another

A man who viciously attacked his own father in the street, breaking his jaw, and then assaulted a passer-by who tried to intervene, has been jailed.

Kurtis Quinn pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm on his father Paul Quinn and assaulting the other man.

Quinn (30) of the Allesley Hotel, Birmingham Road, Coventry, who also admitted causing damage, assaulting one police officer and racially aggravated common assault on another, and possessing cannabis, was jailed for three years and one month.

Prosecutor Thomas Griffiths said that on December 13 Quinn took his young son with him to the Flying Standard pub when he went there for a drink with his father and grandfather.

Quinn left with his son, but returned later, while his father took his grandfather home before going back into the city centre, where he then received a call from Quinn’s ex-partner.

She said she was outside Paul Quinn’s home to pick up her son – and Mr Griffiths explained that Quinn was subject to a restraining order, and his father was the approved contact for the boy to be passed between them.

So Paul Quinn phoned the defendant, who suggested they meet outside Ikea for the boy to be handed over.

As he arrived, Mr Quinn was approached by his son’s ex-partner who was annoyed because Quinn had taken their son to the pub and that she had collected him without Mr Quinn being present.

Mr Quinn called the defendant who became angry, saying he had dropped his keys outside Ikea, and as he looked for them Paul Quinn was aware of his son on the other side of the road.

Quinn came over and told his father to call his former partner, who had left with their son, and then tried to call her himself, which his father pointed out he was not permitted to do.

Quinn became aggressive and punched his father five times to the side of his face, where he knew he had an abscess, and then, when he dropped to his knees, kicked him to the same area.

And when a passer-by, seeing a middle-aged man being attacked by a younger man, went over to try to break it up, he was also assaulted by Quinn who headbutted him to the face.

As a result of the assaults, Paul Quinn had to undergo surgery to have metal plates inserted into his jaw, while the other victim needed dental treatment.

Quinn then left and went to his mother’s home, clearly drunk, and told her: “I’ve just battered my dad.”

She told him he was ‘a disgrace’ and ordered him out of the house, but he reacted by smashing the television, damaging a door and taking two knives from the kitchen before leaving, and then smashed a window by throwing a bottle at it.

Quinn, whose previous convictions included offences of violence, then went to the Coach and Horses pub, leaving through the back door when the police arrived to arrest him.

After he was found and arrested, he was put into a police van where he headbutted one officer and was racially abusive towards another as he also assaulted him, said Mr Griffiths.

Niall Skinner, defending, said: “He is embarrassed and ashamed at the way he behaved that day. What he did was inexcusable. He has apologised to his father, and they are back on reasonable terms.”

Quinn was jailed for 27 months for the attack on his father, with consecutive sentences of six months for the assault on the other man, one month for causing damage at his mother’s home, one month for assaulting the one officer and two months for the racially aggravates assault on the other.

Judge Peter Cooke told him: “I must deal with you for a really shocking tally of behaviour.

“You behaved outrageously. You launched a vicious and sustained attack on your own father which involved a kick with a shod foot and resulted in serious injury.

“Not content with that, you turned your attention to a member of the public who saw an older man being subjected to violence by a younger man and intervened.

“And it didn’t stop there. You went to your mother’s, still in high dudgeon, and caused damage to her property.

“Police intervention came about, and you repeatedly directed racial abuse at one officer and headbutted another.”

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