William Woodbridge.
7th December 1681
Reference Numbert16811207-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Woodbridge was Indicted for a Rape, committed on the Body of Sarah Paine , who lived with his Mother in quality of a Servant , the Circumstances as they appeared in Court upon Evidence were, That the Prosecutor lying in a Chamber up two pair of Stairs, the person Prosecuted likewise lying on the same Floor, crept through a Hole that had been formerly made in the Wall, and surprising her in Bed, by Violence obtained his Will on her; She being asked, Why she did not cry out? replyed, That he stopt her mouth, and threatned to knock her Brains out if she did, but it appearing by the Witnesses on the other side, That it was rather a Design to get Mony, then otherwise; the Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

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