George Pell gets a lifeline
Convicted paedophile George Pell has succeeded in convincing the High Court of Australia to hear his appeal against his child sexual abuse conviction.
Found guilty by a jury of the rape of a 13-year-old choirboy and sexual assault of another at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996, George Pell has always denied any wrongdoing.
Bret Walker SC and Ruth Shann argued Pell should be acquitted of all charges for several reasons, including inconsistencies in the complainant’s version of events.
Prosecutors say there is no basis for the appeal, and the Victorian courts made no errors.
Mr Pell is serving a six-year jail term and won’t be eligible for parole until he has served three years and eight months.