A western Newfoundland man who has had a lengthy history of running afoul of the law is being held in custody on new charges that involve firearms, theft and domestic violence.
RCMP arrested Stephenville resident Matthew Francis O’Quinn, 36, for failing to comply with the conditions of a probation order.
In a statement Tuesday, police said a subsequent investigation led to a raft of charges, including forcible confinement, assault, uttering threats, pointing a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, and illegal possession of a weapon.
"These charges are in relation to a domestic violence investigation," RCMP said.
O'Quinn's charges do not end there. Police say he also faces charges in connection with a series of break-and-enters this summer in the area of Flat Bay Brook Road.
As well, he is accused of stealing money from a float plane on Alexander Pond last week.
O'Quinn has had a notorious history with the law, with more than 40 convictions for a range of crimes, including a history of violence against women.
In 2004, he was sent to prison for forcible confinement after he trapped a woman inside a tent for a month.
In 2008, he was convicted again of assault, and in 2010 was given a two-year sentence for the forcible confinement and assault of a woman.
O'Quinn is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a bail hearing.