Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 18 August 2022), February 1833, trial of HENRY AKHURST (t18330214-71).

HENRY AKHURST, Theft > simple larceny, 14th February 1833.

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

495. HENRY AKHURST was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of January , 1 horse-collar, value 7s.; 1 trace' value 2s.; 1 pair of harness, value 5s.; 2 bridles, value 5s., and 1 pair of reins, value 3s. , the goods of Charles Vincent Webb .

WILLIAM WARN . I am servant to Mr. Charles Vincent Webb; he rents a stall in the stable in Ebury-mews - the prisoner was in the habit of coming backwards and forwards to see a person who lives in the loft. On the evening before this robbery I saw my master's harness all right, and next morning it was gone.

WILLIAM HAYSON . I rent a room over the stable. On the Saturday night the prisoner came and asked me for a night's lodging; I had known him four or five years before, and told him he might sleep in the loft, which he did, and in the morning he left me without notice - Ward came to me, and said the property was lost; I was ill in bed, and swear I knew nothing about it.

BENJAMIN FLORD . I am a hackneyman. On the Sunday morning in question, about half-past seven o'clock, the prisoner came and knocked at my stable door; I was not up - I had known him seven or eight years; he had been in respectable situations, at Lady Murray's and other places - he brought this harness to me; he asked 18s. for it- I asked whose it was; he said, it had been given to him by a young man who he had done some work for - I said I did not want it, but he begged me to let him leave it with me till he could get a customer for it, which I did; this is it.

THOMAS YOUNG (Police-constable D 132). I apprehended the prisoner at the corner of Riding-horse-lane; he said his name was Hall, and he knew nothing about the harness.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that a man had given him the harness to dispose of, and that the stable was free of access to every body.

GUILTY . Aged 38. - Transported for Seven Years .