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Book detailing heist using power drills 'found at home of Hatton Garden accused'

Woolwich crown court hears that crime biography found at Essex home of Jon Harbinson was bookmarked on page carrying account of similar heist

Jon Harbinson, second from right in the courtroom sketch, said the book, Killer by Charlie Seiga, did not belong to him.

A crime biography marked at a page outlining a heist “exactly like Hatton Garden” was found at the home of a man accused of taking part in the multimillion-pound raid, a court has heard.

A copy of Killer by Charlie Seiga was found at the Essex home of taxi driver Jon Harbinson, 42, when it was searched by police following the April raid in the heart of London, jurors were told.

Prosecutors alleged that a page in the memoir detailing a theft using high-powered drills was marked with a grey piece of card. Similar methods and equipment were used at Hatton Garden, they claim.

Harbinson, a father of three, denies transporting away some of the proceeds of the Hatton Garden raid, telling Woolwich crown court he had no knowledge of the Seiga book.

Prosecutor Philip Stott told Woolwich crown court: “[Seiga] is talking about his criminal life and heists he had been involved in. Is that something you had an interest in?”

Harbinson replied: “Many years ago, possibly.”

Stott went on: “There was a bookmark in this page.”

Harbinson replied: “That’s what you say but I don’t know, I wasn’t there.”

Stott: “Were you interested in the plan [Hatton Garden] you were engaged in?”

Harbinson: “I wasn’t engaged in it. If this book is so prevalent in evidence against me why wasn’t it forensically examined?”

Stott: “It was bookmarked on a page that is exactly what took place in Hatton Garden.”

Harbinson: “I had no knowledge of what happened in Hatton Garden.”

Stott showed him the grey card, which Harbinson agreed was probably the back of a book of taxi receipts.

Stott said: “This was your book and you were reading it, weren’t you?”

“No, sir.”

Harbinson, of Benfleet, Essex, is accused of conspiracy to commit burglary at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit between 17 May 2014 and 7.30am on 5 April this year.

William Lincoln, 60, of Bethnal Green, east London, is accused of the same offence.

Carl Wood, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, and one count of conspiracy to convert, conceal or transfer criminal property.

Hugh Doyle, 48, of Enfield, north London, is jointly charged with them on one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property between 1 January and 19 May this year. He also faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between 1 April and 19 May this year.

Ringleaders Brian Reader, 76; John “Kenny” Collins, 75; Daniel Jones, 60; and Terry Perkins, 67, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit between 17 May 2014 and 7.30am on 5 April this year.

Collins, of Islington; Jones, of Enfield; Perkins, of Enfield, and Reader, of Dartford, are due to be sentenced at a later date.