George Pell appeal fails, Cardinal to serve out full jail term

The Age

August 21, 2019

By Adam Cooper

Paedophile George Pell will consider taking his case to the High Court, after Victoria’s Court of Appeal upheld his child-sex convictions in a majority ruling on Wednesday, meaning he will serve out his six-year prison term.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Appeal upheld the verdicts of the County Court jury that found Pell guilty on five child sex abuse charges last December, over his attacks on two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne in the 1990s, when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

Pell’s lawyers are now considering whether to continue his legal fight. He has 28 days to seek special leave to appeal in the High Court.

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