Thomas Benson, Sexual Offences > rape, 8th October 1684.

Reference Number: t16841008-12
Offence: Sexual Offences > rape
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

*** Thomas Benson , an Apprentice to Mr. Nichols a Vintner: without Bishopsgate , London, Indicted for Ravishing Elizabeth Nichols , Daughter to the said Mr. Nichols, being a Child about 7 or 8 Year old , which was proved by many Circumstances against him: as first the Mother found the Child to have been Abused by a Man: a second Witness, Sister to Mrs. Nichols, who having a Child of her own Sick, on whom she was unwilling to put clean Linen, went to borrow Elizabeth Nichols foul Shift, and by it found some Man had been dealing with her, asked the Child how she came to be in that Condition; to whom

she answered Thomas had done it: and asking again if he did it more than once, the Child replied yes Aunt 5 times. It was proved also against the Prisoner that he confess'd he had forced her once, but was in Drink when he did it. Elizabeth Nichols her self, said in Court that Thomas took her up Stairs into his own Chamber, threw her upon the Bed, lay upon her and hurt her; and that he had done so six or seven times, but most commonly in her Chamber. He was found guilty of the said Rape.

[Death. See summary.]


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