Car­di­nal due to front mag­is­trate

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ALI­SON STEPHENSON

IT was a wilder day than usual at Aus­tralia Zoo yes­ter­day as Bindi Ir­win cel­e­brated the start of her fi­nal year as a teenager.

Bindi wel­comed her 19th birth­day with a star- stud­ded, dance- themed, pink- car­pet event flanked by her fam­ily and long- term boyfriend Chan­dler Pow­ell. Ir­win ex­pertly worked the crowd that IT’S the dar­ing dress that raised not only new Bach­e­lor Matty J’s eye­brows, but also the had turned out to cel­e­brate with her, pos­ing for count­less self­ies with fans.

The Ir­win chil­dren’s elab­o­rate par­ties have be­come a tra­di­tion and are typ­i­cally the zoo’s big­gest days of the year, with par­ents tak­ing ad­van­tage of free en­try for chil­dren un­der 14. Guests were also treated to free birth­day cake. rest of the na­tion’s.

Now Leah Costa, the 24- year- old hop­ing to find love on the hit Chan­nel 10 show when it re­turns to­mor­row, says she has also been shocked at just how much flesh she flashed in that dress. “I didn't re­alise how naked I was un­til I saw ( the promo),” said Costa, who ditched her un­der­wear when wear­ing the black mesh num­ber that CAR­DI­NAL Ge­orge Pell is ex­pected to be watched by dozens of sex­ual abuse sur­vivors when he makes his his­toric court ap­pear­ance to­mor­row.

De­spite some con­cerns for the Car­di­nal’s safety, given the high­pro­file na­ture of the case, the Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court said last night that no spe­cial se­cu­rity ar- re­vealed the sides of her legs and but­tocks. It was a lit­tle bit ‘ out there’, a lit­tle bit crazy and when I put it on I was like ‘ this is fun’. It’s a bit risque.

“I think there was only one week where I did ( wear un­der­wear). I think most of the girls in most of the weeks were not wear­ing un­der­wear.” range­ments were in place for the ap­pear­ance.

The Car­di­nal is fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges of his­tor­i­cal sex of­fend­ing and is the most se­nior Catholic of­fi­cial to front court on such se­ri­ous charges.

The ex­act na­ture of the charges Car­di­nal Pell is fac­ing has not been made pub­lic but he has vehe- mently and per­sis­tently tained his in­no­cence.

Abuse sur­vivors, with no con­nec­tion to the charges against Car­di­nal Pell, say they plan to be at court early to en­sure they get a seat for the brief fil­ing hear­ing.

Scores of in­ter­na­tional me­dia out­lets have also flagged their in­ten­tion to at­tend. main-

A more de­murely dressed Leah Costa, and ( above) in her re­veal­ing even­ing gown with Matty J on The Bach­e­lor. Main pic­ture: DAVID CAIRD

Bindi yes­ter­day.

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