Pell dodges charges because alleged victim too sick to show

Central Telegraph

March 24, 2018

By Padraic Murphy

SEVERAL historical sex offence charges against Cardinal George Pell will be withdrawn because a complainant is unable to testify at a hearing that will determine if Australia’s highest ranked Catholic stands trial.

Pell is facing a pre-trial committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court, which wrapped up its third week on Friday.

At the end of Friday’s hearing, prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said one of the complainants will not give evidence because he is “medically unfit”. Pell’s lawyer immediately requested the charges be removed from the committal proceedings.

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