A western Newfoundland man has been found guilty of several serious charges, including forcible confinement and uttering death threats.

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Matthew O'Quinn is escorted to court in Stephenville following an appearance earlier this month. (CBC )

The verdict against Matthew Francis O'Quinn, 36, was delivered Thursday in provincial court in Stephenville, and represents the latest conviction in a series of violent crimes involving women.

The court was told that O'Quinn forcibly confined a woman at a cabin in Flat Bay.

The woman testified during the trial that when she tried to leave, O'Quinn pointed a rifle at her, and threatened to slit her throat and chop up her daughter.

O'Quinn has had a lengthy criminal history, with more than 40 prior 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 of assault. In 2010, he was given a two-year sentence for the forcible confinement and assault of a woman.

The Crown says it may apply to have O'Quinn declared a dangerous offender.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.