Edward Coker.
15th January 1675
Reference Numbert16750115-3
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty
SentencesMiscellaneous > fine

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The next was one Edward Coker who stood indicted for the ravishing of a Child of 11 yeares old, the Child was there and gave her Evidence in Court that the said Coker coming into her Aunts house where she lived, did get her into a Room and did there force her: The Ant attested that she hearing the Child cry out, came into the Room where he was in the dark with her, and found by evident tokens that the Child had bin abused, but although the fact appeared very foul against him yet the Circumstances thereto not being so direct as to prove a Rape, according as the law directs on those case, he was brought in not guilty upon that Indictment, but that he might not go Scot-free the Court directed another Bill to be drawn up for an Assault upon the said Child , which Bill was found, and upon his tryal thereupon was found guilty , and was fined 25 Markes by the Court for his offence.


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