High Court to decide on Pell appeal bid this week

George Pell arriving at court for his appeal hearing in June.Credit:Eddie Jim

A decision on whether disgraced cardinal George Pell can appeal his child sexual abuse conviction in the High Court will be made this week.

The court will announce its decision at 9.30am on Wednesday in Canberra.

Pell, 78, was 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 but Australia’s most senior Catholic has always denied any wrongdoing.

Pell was convicted by a Victorian County Court jury in December last year of one charge of rape and four charges of an indecent act with a child.


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