Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), January 1829, trial of FREDERICK SELLS (t18290115-128).

FREDERICK SELLS, Theft > animal theft, 15th January 1829.

393. FREDERICK SELLS was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of December , 2 live ducks, price 5s ., the property of George Harp .

SAMUEL GREEN . I am a watchman. Between three and four o'clock in the morning of the 16th of December, I was in George-street, Spitalfields; I saw the prisoner pass with a bag in his hand - I knew him, and said, "Fred. what have you got there?" he then walked on quicker, went up a court, and was trying to get in at his own door; I went up, and said, "Where is the bag?" he said,"I had no bag; I looked about, and saw this bag, with two ducks in it - as soon as he saw me take it up, he absconded, and I did not see him again till Friday, the 19th; he was eighty or a hundred yards from the prosecutor's when I saw him.

GEORGE HARP . I live in Flower and Dean-street, Spitalfields . On the morning of the 16th of December, I lost these two ducks out of my yard, which is enclosed by a wall from seven to eight feet high; I know them to be mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I do not know any thing about them. GUILTY . Aged 41.

Confined Three Months .