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DUMBELL OFFICIALS SENTENCED.

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DUMBELL OFFICIALS SENTENCED. HARD LABOUR FOR ALL. The final stage in the prosecution of the Dumbell Bank officers was reached on Monday, The jury, after being locked up over Sunday, returned to Court on Monday morning with a verdict of guilty against Nelson and Shimmon on the charge of misappropriation of the bank's moneys in regard to the Allsopp's account, and recommending them to mercy.-Council for the prisoners addressed the Court in mitigation of sentences, and then the Judge retired for ten -minutes. Ou returning, sentences were pro- nounced by Deemster Shee in stern tones. Nelson, he said, was a man of education and good social position, an advocate and solicitor, and obviously a good man of business. He knew people were entrusting their money to the bank. "The Court was compelled to make an example of him, and for his heinous offence he was sen- tenced to five years' penal servitude. Shimmon also, his Honour said, bad been found guilty on the clearest evidence of fraudulently taking the money of the bank, his employers, and he was similarly sentenced. Both Nelson and Shimmon were then sentenced to three years' penal servi- tude on the other conviction for issuing false balance-sheets, the sentence to run concurrently with the term just inflicted. The crime of the auditors, Rogers, William Aldred, and Harold Aldred, in issuing false balance-sheets, was regarded as but little less serious than that of the other defendants. They bad been appointed to protect the shareholders and depositors, and, instead, assisted the managers and directors in deceiving them. Rogers was the worst of the three. He was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment with hard labour. The Court could not lose sight of the fact that people tad placed re- liance on William Aldred, being the bank's auditor, and be was sentenced to twelve months' hard labour, and Harold Aldred, who should have saved his father, was sentenced to six months' hard labour. The crowd in the Court when sentence was being passed was impressively silent, and be- fore retiring Deemster Shee remarked ap- provinglyon the good order which had been maintained throughout. The news of the sentences was speedily conveyed to the crowd waiting outside the Court, who thereupon raised a cheer which was heard within the building. The prisoners appeared astounded with the severity of their punishment. Nelson and Shimmon will be sent to England to serve out their sentences, but Rogers and the Aldreds wiUindergo their imprisonment in the common Atani gaol with hard labour.

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