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Ellis Wharton - Liverpool Mercury 16 October 1865



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This article relates to an incident where Ellis Wharton is alleged to have threatened and assaulted  John Smith of 65 Peach Street with a knife and Ellis' home address. Ellis Wharton denied the assault. A witness by the name of John Logan (a painter) stated that Ellis was in the processing of making a bet with someone called "Proctor" and John Smith got involved and created a disturbance, John Smith was asked to leave and struck Ellis Wharton who retaliated but was not holding a knife. 

It was decided that there was not enough evidence to proceed with transferring the decision to the "sessions" for trial, however the bench requested further details about Ellis Wharton's character and the following was disclosed to the court:

1859 - February 2 months prison for keeping a brothel
1859 - Threatening witnesses - 6 months prison
7 May 1860 - Assault - 1 month prison
August 1860 - Charged with stealing a watch and discharged
13 December 1860 - Assaulting a boy - 2 months prison
6 March 1861 - Assaulting his wife - 6 months prison
21 February 1862 - Not accounting for a watch, 2 months prison
28 April 1863 - Assaulting a female - fined 5 3s 6d or 2 months in prison
26 September 1864 - Fighting - 10s and costs
9 February 1865 - Assaulting a female - remanded for 7 days and then discharged
May 1865 - Assault - fined 80s  and costs or 1 month in prison
11 July 1864 - Assaulting a female fined 40s  and costs or 1 month in prison

The bench said that Ellis Wharton had "certainly acquired a character of a very serious kind". He then committed Wharton to 2 months hard labour. Ellis Wharton asked that the term of imprisonment might be commuted to a fine but he was told he might well be satisfied he had escaped being committed to the sessions. 



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