George Pell Has Been Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison
George Pell Has Been Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison
Live: Catholic Church Cardinal George Pell sentenced for sexual abuse of children
13 March, 2019, 15:42
"I hope that justice prevails and that Mr George Pell is treated like every other pedophile and sex offender in this state and he is incarcerated for a sentence that is appropriate to the crime that he committed", Sheedy told 3AW radio.
Pell, who has been in custody since that time, is the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted worldwide for child sex offences and was until he took leave in 2016 to fight the case the third-most powerful man in the Vatican and as a Cardinal, Australia's most senior Catholic.
The assaults happened just months after Pell became archbishop of Melbourne. A court order suppressing media coverage wasn't lifted until last month.
Pell is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be jailed over child abuse.
"Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so".
Pell, who appeared in court without a priest's collar for the first time during the case, showed no emotion during the sentencing hearing that ran for more than one hour.
Before announcing his sentencing, Judge Kidd, who said he had chosen to broadcast the sentencing live, laid out an intricate and thorough examination of his reasonings.
Pell is "entitled to the balanced and steady hand of justice", Kidd told the court, lamenting a "lynch mob mentality" among some of the public. "Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal".
He will be eligible for parole after three years and eight months.
He abused one of the boys again in 1997.
"Facing jail at your age in these circumstances must be an bad state of affairs for you", Kidd said, the Guardian reported.
"Given the speculation and outpouring of anger and distress over the conviction, the reaction to sentencing will be likely highly emotionally charged and extremely polarizing", said Cathy Kezelman, president of the Blue Knot Foundation, a support group for victims of childhood trauma.
During his trial, Pell's own lawyer described the burly 1.9 metres tall cardinal as the "Darth Vader" of the Catholic Church.
Judge Kidd rejected Pell's defence argument the crimes were committed by Pell, the man, not the archbishop.
The other boy died in 2014.
Though not shortening his sentence, Judge Kidd said he did impose a shorter non-parole period "in recognition in particular of your age, so as to increase the prospect of your living out the last part of your life in the community".
How will Pell appeal the verdict?
If defrocked, Pell would be the highest profile figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times and only the second Roman Catholic prelate to lose the title of cardinal in almost 100 years.
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