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ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1893

MOONEE PONDS

Moonee Ponds Shooting Case.

VERDICT OF MURDER.

The coroner’s inquest concerning the death of Caleb Bennett, an auctioneer, who was shot by Lieutenant William Henry Main in mistake for a burglar at Moonee Ponds on Sunday, October 29, was concluded yesterday. The jury found that deceased died from a bullet wound in the heart caused by William Main while in commission of an unlawful act, and they found that Main had committed murder. The foreman and another juryman disagreed with the verdict, for which they would have substituted one of manslaughter. The accused was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on the 15th instant. Bail was refused.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 29, 1893

MOONEE PONDS

Moonee Ponds Shooting Case.

VERDICT OF MURDER.

The coroner’s inquest concerning the death of Caleb Bennett, an auctioneer, who was shot by Lieutenant William Henry Main in mistake for a burglar at Moonee Ponds on Sunday, October 29, was concluded yesterday. The jury found that deceased died from a bullet wound in the heart caused by William Main while in commission of an unlawful act, and they found that Main had committed murder. The foreman and another juryman disagreed with the verdict, for which they would have substituted one of manslaughter. The accused was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on the 15th instant. Bail was refused.

 

 

John Bellin was born in London in 1827, before travelling to Australia, arriving in the colony in 1852 a board the Dinopore as a free settler. Bellin worked as a auctioneer in Melbourne. On the 23rd of September, 1890, Belling was sentenced at the Melbourne Supreme Court to five years penal servitude on two charges of fraud as a director of a body corporate, the Fourth Investment Building Society, the sentences being two years and six months on each charge. He was transferred to Geelong gaol on the 17th February 1892 from Pentridge, as being an invalid suffering from general debility. On the 15th of March 1892 Bellin died in the Geelong gaol at the age of 65 years.