Killer punches partner on Blackpool trip and said he would ‘murder her’

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“She knew you had a conviction for manslaughter… that sort of obnoxious threat was intended to maximise fear and distress”

The pair went to Brannigans and Ellis became abusive and spat in her face

The pair went to Brannigans and Ellis became abusive and spat in her face

A convicted killer who repeatedly punched his girlfriend on a trip to Blackpool told her that ‘next time’ he would murder her

Anthony Ellis went to the seaside town with his partner in June – around a year after his licence period came to an end – and after having recently rekindled their relationship

The pair went to Brannigans and after taking a phone call about her dog mistakenly eating some tablets, the victim got upset, a court heard.

Ellis, 34, then became abusive and spat in her face while standing outside the bar.

The woman ended up on the pavement but Mr James told the court that she does not remember what exactly happened. Some women then intervened.

While on the train home, Ellis started acting aggressively towards members of the public but after failing to get a reaction, he punched the woman in the head ‘several times’, the M.E.N reports.

They missed their stop at Wigan and upon leaving the train at Salford Crescent station, Ellis was caught on CCTV punching the victim a number of times, causing bruising to her jaw and ear.

After initially leaving the station, she begged staff to not let Ellis return to the platform.

He also moved his head towards hers in a ‘domineering’ manner, Mr James said.

Anthony Ellis
Anthony Ellis

Ellis, of Chesham Road, Bury, then fled the scene and in a ‘volley of offensives’ text message to the victim, the court heard that he said: “Next time I will murder you, you f****** w****”.

He was found by police at a house in Stockport six days later.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said that Ellis had been abusive throughout their relationship and that she feared him.

Anthony Ellis was convicted of manslaughter in 2014, following the death of 18-year-old John Muldowney at a party in Wythenshawe, in 2010.

Defending, Louise Cowen told the court that Ellis pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault at the earliest opportunity.

Ms Cowen also said that despite a number of previous convictions, he has no domestic violence offences on his record.

The judge, Recorder Matthew Maher deemed Ellis to be a ‘dangerous’ offender and issued him with an extended sentence.

Imposing a total sentence of four years, including at least two years in custody, he said: “It is clear from facts that you treated your former partner with utter contempt that night.

“The return journey home was a powerful illustration of just what a short fuse you have.

“She was so desperate that she asked the ticket staff not to let you back onto the platform but that request was in vain because the ticket inspector hadn’t seen the previous violence.

“I’ve seen you move your head towards her face, it’s not a headbutt as such but it’s a move meant to dominate and control her.”

Referencing the abusive text messages, he added: “She knew you had a conviction for manslaughter and in my judgement, that sort of obnoxious threat was intended to maximise fear and distress.

“Your violent and controlling behaviour has clearly taken its toll on her.”

Recorder Maher also imposed a restraining order, banning Ellis from contacting the victim for five years.