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George Pell sentenced six years in prison

George Pell has been sentenced to six years in prison, with no chance for parole for three years and eight months.

Mr Pell was convicted on five counts in December, the most senior Catholic official and first bishop to be found guilty in a criminal court for sexually abusing minors. By law, his sentence could have been up to 50 years.

“I would characterize these breaches and abuses as grave,” said chief judge Peter Kidd.

Speaking directly to Cardinal Pell, he added: “You had time to reflect on your behavior as you offended, yet you refused to desist.”

Do you think the sentence fits the crime?

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Carefully read the wise comments of Alan and Digby, and be saddened by Jackie's hasty and abusive comments. If Pell is still found guilty after Appeal, he should be imprisoned. However, there will be continued argument about 'justice', in a case where there was no actual evidence, one (uncorroborated) accuser, and many witnesses asserting the lack of opportunity. Sadly, Jackie is expressing religious or political biases, rather than contributing to a reasoned and fair-minded discussion. It reminds me of the costly and embarassing case of Lindy Chamberlain who was subject to years of judgmental and hateful reaction by the media and many people, was found guilty by a jury in 1982 of murdering her baby, but was fully cleared of any crime and received a large compensation from the Australian Government. Let's maintain a sense of reason and 'Australian fair play'.

Carefully read the wise comments of Alan and Digby, and be saddened by Jackie's hasty and abusive comments. If Pell is still found guilty after Appeal, he should be imprisoned. However, there will be continued argument about 'justice', in a case where there was no actual evidence, one (uncorroborated) accuser, and many witnesses asserting the lack of opportunity. Sadly, Jackie is expressing religious or political biases, rather than contributing to a reasoned and fair-minded discussion. It reminds me of the costly and embarassing case of Lindy Chamberlain who was subject to years of judgmental and hateful reaction by the media and many people, was found guilty by a jury in 1982 of murdering her baby, but was fully cleared of any crime and received a large compensation from the Australian Government. Let's maintain a sense of reason and 'Australian fair play'.

 

Testimony from a victim is hardly lack of evidence, it may be one word against another, but an accuser has the right to be heard, just as the accused is.  In this case the accused refused to take the stand in which case I would say the veracity of evidence would lean towards the accuser.

I also believe there were ample written statements that were enough to prove the case.  In any case, if you or I were not in the court room and did not hear all the evidence it would be impossible to make that judgement.

A Judge deliberated over this case and agreed that there was enough evidence to convict, he, as you stated made a very determined and considered address to the court on how and why he pronounced sentence, unless he gets off on appeal we must be prepared to accept that he was guilty. 

I would ask this, if this man was a house painter from Inala, would he have received this amont of " Justice?".

People have their own opinions but I cannot understand how anyone can support this paedophile. I am appalled by John Howard's glowing character reference.

The fact is he was a man in a very trusted position, a man of the church, these boys would have been in awe of him before their abuse. He has ruined their lives and others. The Vatican itself needs to be cleaned out.

I agree, let's clean out all religions which prey on children, especially those who practice female genital mutilation. Lets let Pell's conviction send a warning to other religions, that it will not be tolerated.

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