May 1, 2018
By court reporter Emma Younger
Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell has pleaded not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington committed Cardinal Pell to stand trial on some counts, but she has discharged more than half the original charges, including the most serious allegations.
Cardinal Pell was escorted into the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court under police guard.
He has strenuously denied the accusations.
Today’s ruling follows a month-long committal hearing in March.
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