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November 07. 2012 3:02AM

Manchester Crimewatch: New domestic assault charges for city man

MANCHESTER - A city man who failed to appear in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division in August for a deferred sentence hearing on an assault conviction was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court on three new simple assault charges involving the same victim.

Joseph Quinlan, 42, of 722 Valley St., is accused of putting his girlfriend in a headlock, shoving her with both hands and grabbing her around the arms with both hands Monday.

Quinlan also was arrested Monday on an electronic bench warrant issued after he failed to appear in Circuit Court Aug. 20 for a hearing on a deferred sentence on his December 2011 assault conviction.

Police prosecutor Richard Brown requested a $6,000 cash/surety bail, saying: "We have significant concern for the safety of this victim."

Quinlan objected to the bail amount, saying: "It's her word against my word."

Judge William Lyons set bail at the amount requested by the prosecution, with conditions barring contact with the woman and barring Quinlan from the Valley Street address. Trial was set for Jan. 29.

Arrested at court

Gaston Roy, 64, of 129 Oakdale Ave., was scheduled to appear in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Monday on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. When he appeared in court with his alleged victim, he was arrested for violating bail conditions by being in contact with his victim.

Roy appeared in court Tuesday as a detainee to be arraigned on the original simple assaault charge that alleges he grabbed his girlfriend's wrists Nov. 3 and shook her arms and on the stalking charge based on his appearance with his alleged victim in the courtroom Monday.

Police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Roy's bail on the original charge and have him held until trial, which is set for Jan. 30, 2013. A hearing on the motion was set for Wednesday morning.

Family members and knife

A man accused of threatening family members with a knife was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. A probable cause hearing was set Nov. 19 on felony criminal threatening charges.

Richard Clancy, 46, of 253 Lake Ave., is accused of pointing a butcher-style knife at his wife and asking: "You want to go see the coroner?" rushing toward his daughter and pinning her on the stairs while holding the knife.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court so a probable cause hearing on the felony charges was set for Nov. 19.

Bail had been set by a bail commissioner at $3,000 cash/surety, but police prosecutor Capt. Robert Cunha requested it be increased to $20,000 cash/surety.

Cunha said Clancy did not list all his convictions on the form for the bail commissioner. Cunha said Clancy's record includes convictions for Driving While Intoxicated, second offense DWI, burglary, drug possession and theft by unauthorized taking.

Clancy objected to the proposed bail increase, saying: "I have to work." Lyons set bail at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring Clancy from contact with his wife or daughter and barring him from the Lake Avenue address and his daughter's address.

Bail revocation sought

Kevin Demers, 30, of 495 Elgin Ave., pleaded innocent to a simple assault charge alleging he threw a plastic bottle at a woman, hitting her arm.

Because Demers was out on bail, with conditions barring contact with the woman, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Demers' bail on the earlier charge and have him held without bail until his trial scheduled for Jan. 3. A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday in Circuit Court.

Trial on the new charge was also set for Jan. 3.


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