Cardinal George Pell granted leave to appeal child sex abuse conviction

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has been granted leave to appeal his child sex abuse conviction in the High Court this morning.

The 78-year-old is currently serving a six-year-sentence, after he was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old choirboy and assaulting another back in the ’90s.

Back in August, the Victoria Court of Appeal upheld the jury’s verdict 2-1, causing Pell’s lawyers to lodge a special leave application with the High Court in September.


The High Court announced its decision this morning in Canberra, in what is now Pell’s final chance to challenge his conviction.

He has consistently maintained his innocence.

The appeal will likely take place next year.

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