Tasmania

Sex charge against George Pell dropped


ONE of the historical sexual offence charges against Cardinal George Pell has been withdrawn because the accuser has died.

Crown Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC today told Melbourne Magistrates Court one charge was being withdrawn.

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Cardinal Pell, 76, will face a four-week hearing beginning on Monday to determine if he stands trial on historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

Details of Cardinal Pell’s alleged offending, and the number of charges, is not yet known.

But Cardinal Pell vehemently denies the allegations against him, and when charged in June last year, said he would fight them in court.

The withdrawn charge comes two days after Cardinal Pell’s lawyers were denied access to materials relating to one of his alleged victim’s criminal history.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington said she had no power to compel Victoria Legal Aid to hand over the material from when…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/one-charge-dropped-against-cardinal-pell-as-accuser-dies/news-story/929a35d0507e3afe9fdb03f804b2f5f1

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