Cardinal Pell’s appeal will be decided by a court next week
Cardinal George Pell could be released from custody next week if his appeal against his child sex abuse convictions is successful.
The Victorian Court of Appeal will rule on whether to overturn Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.
It was announced yesterday that judgment will be handed down on Wednesday, August 21. A jury found Pell guilty last December of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child, making him the highest ranked Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse. Three judges have scrutinised the case and will take their seats behind the bench to announce their decision.