26th April 1693
Reference Numbert16930426-86
VerdictNot Guilty

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P - H - of St. Martins in the Fields , was tried for committing a Rape upon the Body of one Elizabeth Harris , aged about 20 ; who declared, That the Prisoner threw her upon the Bed by Force against her consent, and carnally knew her; the Midwives said that her Body was much abused, &c. The Prisoner in his Defence produced the Warrant which the Prosecutor brought against him, which set forth that it was with an intent to Ravish her; And his Witness gave the Court an Account, That the said Harris was a Woman of a dissolute Life, and of no good Name, having been a Companion of Idle and Loose Fellows, &c. All which being well weighed, the Jury Acquitted the Prisoner.

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