James Booty, Sexual Offences > rape, 10th May 1722.

Reference Number: t17220510-34
Offence: Sexual Offences > rape
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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James Booty , of St. Brides (Aged 15.) was indicted for assaulting, and carnally knowing Ann Milton , Spinster , Aged five Years and two Months , on the 10th of July, in the 7th Year of His Majesty's Reign . James Peters depos'd, that he liv'd in New Street, Shoe lane, and the prisoner came to live with him, in order to be bound Apprentice; and Ann Milton, a Neighbour's Child, coming to play with his Child, the prisoner took'em up upon the Leads, where he lay with Ann Milton, and gave her the foul Disease. The Child complaining of her illness, occasioned the Fact to be discovered; upon which the prisoner ran away, and was not heard of till about a fortnight ago; when he was taken by John Milton , the Child's Father, at a Tobacconist's Shop in Shoe lane, near St. Andrew's Church, and being charg'd with the Fact confest it. But when he came upon his Defence, at the Bar, said he knew nothing of the matter; and if ever he confest any such Thing, it was only in a fright. The Evidence being plain and positive against him, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

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