Man is jailed after Blackburn rooftop stand-off
3:33pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A 22-YEAR-OLD man who sparked an eight hour rooftop stand off with police has been jailed for six months.
Blackburn magistrates were told Jamie Reece Quigley had lost control of his senses when officers came to arrest him.
He was subject to a suspended prison sentence and shouted at officers: “I’m not going back to prison.”
Quigley, of Hollin Bridge Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to affray. He pleaded not guilty to assaulting his partner, Chantelle Cassell, and damaging a mobile phone belonging to Michelle Wright, which were the matters police went to arrest him for.
He was sentenced to six months in prison and recalled on prison licence to complete the remainder of a 16-month sentence.
Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said police went to an address in Infirmary Street to arrest Quigley and had to force entry to the house.
Quigley was in the loft space of the next-door property armed with a metal bar and threatened to use it against anyone who tried to enter the attic.
He also shouted: “I’ve had enough steroids to smash the whole street up.”
He climbed onto the roof and threw slates and bricks down into the street.
Miss Akhtar said police arrived on the scene and it wasn’t until 5.15pm that Quigley lowered himself back into the roof space.
An officer was waiting for him and discharged his Parva spray into Quigley’s face but Quigley started throwing punches.
“He was sprayed again and the officer was eventually able to gain compliance,” said Miss Akhtar.
Ian Huggan, defending, said Quigley was aware his partner had made a complaint against him but also knew she had made a retraction statement.
“He was concerned that he was on prison licence and accepts he lost control of his senses,” said Mr Huggan. “When he went onto the roof he just wanted some time to get his thoughts together and sort his head out.”