12th October 1715
Reference Numbert17151012-48
VerdictNot Guilty

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of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , was indicted for committing a Rape upon the Body of Ann Burt , on the 8th of September last. Ann Burt swore she had been making an Afternoon's Holiday, with some young Women that work'd with her at a Throwsters's and having been at Stepney, about 10 a Clock, she left her Company, who were inclin'd to stay, (which she durst not do) and came homewards alone; but was met in the Way by the Prisoner, who came up to her, put a Handkerchief into her Mouth, and carried her in his Arms to a Field, distant from the Road, and forc'd her Body; after which he beat her and bruised her for crying and struggling, and then in about half an Hour's time lay with her again, in both which Actions he did enter, and had carnal Knowledge of her Body by Force; after which she had an Opportunity to get away, and hid her self (as she thought) under a Bush , and then got home. She depos'd farther, that the Prisoner pull'd out his Knife, and swore he would be her Butcher if she did not yield, or if ever she told her Mother any thing of it. The Prisoner in his Defence said, He was at his Father's that Evening, from 5 a Clock till 12, about remarkable business and brought several to prove it ; who agreed in their Evidence. The Jury acquitted him.

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