Death of Auctioneer

This morning at 4 o’clock John Bellin, formerly an auctioneer of Melbourne, died in the Geelong Gaol at the age of 65 years.

He was received in the local gaol on the 17th ult. from Pentridge, being then an invalid suffering from general debility and stricture, and since his admission he has been gradually sinking.

On the 23rd September, 1890, he was sentenced by Mr. Justice Williams at the Melbourne Supreme Court to five years penal servitude on two charges of fraud as a director of a body corporate, viz , the Fourth Investment Building Society, the sentences being two years and six months on each charge.

Deceased at one time was a prominent Melbourne citizen, and carried on business as an auctioneer and estate agent in Collins street. Mr. Hobday appeared to watch the proceedings on behalf of the relatives. The coroner explained that a magesterial inquiry had been held in Geelong but that neglected in gaoh and feat through friends of the deceased had the body removed to the morgue and applied to the Supreme Court for an inquest, alleging that deceased had been neglected in gaol, and through that neglect his death had been caused or hastened.

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