Judge heckled before excusing former Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson from fronting court

ABC Newcastle

November 27, 2018

By Giselle Wakatama

A Newcastle judge has been heckled and abuse survivors left outraged after the former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was excused from attending an appeals court judgement in relation to him allegedly covering up child abuse.

Wilson, 68, has appealed his conviction for concealing child sex abuse that occurred in the Hunter region of New South Wales in the 1970s.

He is currently serving a minimum sentence of six months home detention.

The local court found that in 1976 the victim, Peter Creigh, confided in Wilson that he had been sexually abused, yet Wilson failed to report it to police when Jim Fletcher was charged with other child sex offences in 2004.

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