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SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED

Cardinal Pell guilty of sexually penetrating children

 

March 2019

Cardinal George Pell has been taken to the Melbourne Assessment Prison where he is spending his first night behind bars after having his bail revoked in the County Court.

Pell, 77, has been remanded in custody for the first time on five child sex offences, which he was convicted of last December.

A jury found him guilty of sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s.

Pell will be sentenced on March 13.

"Goodbye you creep," a woman called out as Pell walked from the dock and into custody accompanied by corrections officers.

Pell is now being held at the prison, which sits on the edge of the city's CBD near Southern Cross Station and a few blocks from the County Court.

He entered via a side entrance, through a secure airlock, with a rolling metal door on either side.

As he left the court, Pell's lawyer, Robert Richter QC was asked how he thought Pell would go in prison.

"Well, I hope," he responded.

Pell's pre-sentencing hearing was told his crimes each carried maximum jail terms of 10 years.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC told Chief Judge Peter Kidd that Pell's offending involved two vulnerable boys and should be classed as serious. One of the victims died two years ago from a heroine overdose.

"These acts were, in our submission, humiliating and degrading towards each boy and gave rise to distress in each boy," he said.

Mr Richter said the crimes were "no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not volunteering or actively participating".

But Judge Kidd said that he did view it as a "serious example of this kind of offending".

Lawyers acting for Pell said in a statement on Tuesday that he continued to maintain his innocence "despite the unprecedented media coverage".

The statement said Pell had not applied for bail because he believed it was "appropriate for him to await sentencing" and an appeal has already been lodged.

"Like any person he has the right to pursue his legal rights and will do so."

 

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