Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 July 2019), July 1694, trial of Samuel Eales (t16940711-37).

Samuel Eales, Sexual Offences > rape, 11th July 1694.

Samuel Eales of St. Pauls Covent-garden , was tried for a Rape committed upon the Body of one Martha Warner , a Child aged about Nine years, which he did on the 29th of June last . The Evidence was first the Chyrurgions, who searched the Child, and found it much abused; having a large Tumor in the Lower Parts, and abundance of fetid stinking Matter issued from her. The Secret Parts were much lacerated and turn, which was done by Force, and no other way. The Midwife also declared her Opinion, which agreed with the Chyrurgeons Evidence. The Child was examined, and declared, that the Prisoner took her up at his own door in Lime-street, as she was going from School, and enticed her up stairs with him, and gave her some Currance, and thenher Body, made her hold her and he would give her some more Currance; and she was sure that this was the very Man that injur'd her. To prove the Child the Mother and another woman put the Girl before them; and bid her show them the House where she was misus'd: so she went strait before, and brought them to the very Door where Mr. Eales lived and went up two pair of stairs, telling them that that was the Room. Mr. Eales in his Defence, proves First, That he was not at home that day the Indictment charged him to have done the Fact. Secondly, That the Girl was of Evil Repute. And Thirdly, He had several Gentlemen of good Quality, who gave an exceeding good Character of his Life and Conversation, and that he was a person of modest behaviour, and a very ingenious man. The Tryal was very long, and there was no Evidence to prove the Fact but the Child, and the Account that was given of Mr. Eales give such ample satisfaction to the Court, that the Jury gave a Verdict that the Prisoner was not guilty .