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Posted by: Flin May 1 2018, 03:55 PM
Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on historical sex assault charges
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George Pell will be the most senior Catholic leader to face a jury after being committed to stand trial on multiple historic sexual assault charges.

In a decision that will ring loud through the Vatican and around the religious world, Australia's most senior Catholic and the man who a year ago oversaw management of the Vatican's finances was on Tuesday committed to stand trial on half the charges he faced, involving multiple accusers.

However, magistrate Belinda Wallington struck out a series of serious charges at the start of her ruling, finding there was insufficient evidence for him to be convicted by a jury.

Ms Wallington committed the 76-year-old on charges against multiple complainants, involving alleged sexual offending at a swimming pool in the 1970s in Ballarat, where the accused man was then working as a priest; and at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in 1990s, when he was the then Archbishop of Melbourne.

Asked to enter a plea, Cardinal Pell said in a loud, clear voice: "Not guilty."

Ms Wallington took more than an hour to read through her decisions on the respective sets of charges, and the first ruling she made was to strike out the most serious of allegations. They involved alleged offending at a Ballarat cinema during a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and allegations of other offending throughout Ballarat over the following year.

Ms Wallington said inconsistencies in the evidence of the complainant who claimed he was sexually assaulted in the cinema and throughout Ballarat, and the timelines of when the movie was screened, combined with the accounts of family members, meant there was insufficient evidence for him to stand trial.

But the magistrate ruled the evidence of the other accusers was credible enough to be believed by a jury, that there was no evidence they had colluded in what they told police, and that their allegations were not contaminated by media reports, most notably a television interview on the ABC's 7.30 program.

I hope we find out the truth.

Posted by: scepo May 1 2018, 04:28 PM
That's never guaranteed Flin.

Posted by: Michael.W May 1 2018, 09:08 PM
Personally if he is found guilty then set the example to other priest around the world, for far to long the religion sector has dominated society and got away with it, the problem being I have the same view of the legal profession as well, full of corruption and deceit.

Posted by: Bill May 2 2018, 01:20 PM
Guilty or not, Pell will never see the inside of a jail cell. The doctors and politicians will make sure of that.

The RC would not have even taken place if Tony Abbott had his way.

Posted by: Bear May 4 2018, 06:32 PM
To those who preach God's word to only break God's word themselves, no matter which nation, we know you all, you will ALL be punished.

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