Woman jailed for assault - Reading


A woman appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Monday, 11 August 2014, and was jailed for two years and three months for possession of a bladed article in a public place and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

Sian Quinlan, formerly of Prince of Wales Avenue, Reading, was sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment for ABH and eight months imprisonment for possession of bladed article in a public place, to run concurrently.

Quinlan was found guilty of the offences by a jury at Reading Crown Court on 26 June 2014.

At around 6am on Saturday, 15 September 2013, Quinlan broke into a house in Gloucester Road, Reading by forcing her way through the front door.

Once inside, she assaulted the 27-year-old victim, who was not known to her, with a 12-inch kitchen knife.  The victim sustained lumps and bruises to her head, a cut to her nose and chin, and a cut to her hand, which required stitches and hospital treatment.

Quinlan left the property and a man outside disarmed her by striking her in the face, which resulted in Quinlan sustaining a broken jaw.

Quinlan was arrested and later charged on 26 September 2013, after she was discharged from hospital following surgery on her broken jaw.

During the sentencing of Quinlan, His Honour Judge Ian Grainger said: "This was a deeply shocking offence against an entirely innocent victim. You should be utterly ashamed of yourself."