Convicted paedophile Cardinal George Pell likely to be jailed for child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell was convicted on the 11th of December 2018 for sexually abusing boys but the media was not allowed to report it until today (26/2/19) because of suppression orders. Some media are reporting that Pell is likely to be remanded in custody tomorrow and be sentenced in a couple of weeks.

The Guardian reports:

On the day of the dramatic verdict, after a four-and-a-half-week trial, Pell stood in the dock showing no reaction and staring straight ahead. The room was silent as the foreman told the court that the jury had found the cardinal guilty on all charges. Pell’s defence barrister, Robert Richter QC, when asked by journalists if he would appeal, responded: “Absolutely.”

Pell will now almost certainly face jail time.

The case against Pell centred around events of more than 22 years ago.

The jury found that in the second half of December 1996, while he was archbishop of Melbourne, Pell walked in on two 13-year-old choirboys after a Sunday solemn mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral and sexually assaulted them. (Click here to read more)

Bringing George Pell to account for his crimes has been a long road. Allegations against George Pell have been around for almost 20 years and the old media, until recent times, never pushed the issue like they should have. Small websites like this one have helped drive the issue. I published an article in September 2013 titledTony Abbott and his friend Cardinal George Pell. Perceived bias for the Royal Commission into child sex abuseand said:

Mr Pell and the paedophile allegations

“A decade ago, a Melbourne man claimed he was sexually molested as a 12-year-old at a Catholic youth camp by a student priest he knew as “big George” and later recognised as the Archbishop of Sydney. After a church-appointed inquiry, Pell said he was grateful to God to have been exonerated.”

“In fact, retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell had said that both Pell and his accuser gave the impression they were speaking the truth. Taking into account questions about the accuser’s credibility (he had a criminal  record) and the fact that the alleged incidents occurred so long ago, Southwell found he was “not satisfied that the complaint had been established”.”

“Tony Abbott hadn’t waited for the judge’s decision. “It should not surprise any Christian that there would be people who want to make unfair, wrong, mischievous, malevolent accusations against the strongest and most public Christian of the time,” the politician said when the allegations were first aired. “I’m more than ready to accept Pell’s testimony.”” (Click here to read more)

The retired Victorian Supreme Court judge Alec Southwell was on the Church’s payroll as it was an internal Church inquiry so he was hardly impartial. The full report was put on the Churches website in 2002 but has since been taken down. Part of the report was on the Broken Rites Australia website but has since been taken down. Maybe a legal threat?

Cardinal George Pell said to parents of abuse victims: “It’s all gossip until it’s proven in court”

Some of George Pell’s background regarding child sex abuse can be found in previous articles. In March 2014 I published an article titledAlleged paedophile Cardinal George Pell gives perjured evidence at the Royal Commissionand in July 2017 I wrote an article titledCardinal George Pell said to parents of abuse victims: “It’s all gossip until it’s proven in courtand said:

“In 1997 Cardinal George Pell said to the parents of abuse victims who were whistleblowing on 5 paedophile priests: “We won’t believe any of this. It’s all gossip until it’s proven in court”. It’s one of many examples of George Pell covering up for paedophile priests over many years with some saying he was involved in the cover-ups as far back at the 1970’s. So, it no surprise that Cardinal Pell himself has been charged.”

I wonder what George Pell and his supporters have to say now?

Victorian DPP threats of contempt against KCA publisher Shane Dowling for reporting on George Pell

Last Monday (18/2/19) I received the below letter via email from the Victorian CPP Kerri Judd QC:

I responded:

From: SHANE DOWLING
Sent: 18 February 2019 14:09
To: Director <director@opp.vic.gov.au>
Cc: Zandra.Carino@opp.vic.gov.au
Subject: RE: DPP correspondence to Mr Shane Dowling – 15Feb19

Dear Kerri Judd QC

I have deleted the article which was published on the 27th of January 2019 and Tweet mentioned in your letter as well as a Facebook post promoting the article. But do not take this as an admission of liability. I have a few questions.

  1. In your letter at the 3rd last paragraph you say “I request that you immediately and no later than 9.00am on Monday the 18 February 2019 remove these online publications and any other publications which either breach the suppression orders made in this case or constitute sub judice contempt.” How would I know if they breach the suppression orders given the court refused to tell me, when I contacted them before publication, if I wrote the article would it be in breach of any orders and also refused to give me a copy of the court orders?
  2. Why is your letter dated the 15th of February (Friday) and you gave me until 9am on the 18th of February (Monday) to comply with the demands in letter but you did not email me the letter until 12.36pm on the 18th of February 2019 which automatically put me in breach of the demands in the letter?
  3. Given I published the article on the 27th of January and I put the court on notice beforehand that I was going to publish, which they did not complain as per the emails in the article between myself and the court (also see attached email chain), why have you waited until the now to send me an email complaining?
  4. Your email says suppression orders were issued twice in the matter in Victoria which if that is the case then NSW Supreme Court Judge Lucy McCallum is on breach of those suppression orders as she discussed it in open court in NSW. Have you sent her a cease and desist letter and/or email and also threatened her with contempt for breaching the suppression orders or sub judice contempt? If not, why not given my article was about her saying what she said in open court?

Can you please respond ASAP so I can publish.

Regards

Shane Dowling

Kangaroo Court of Australia

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Kerri Judd QC responded yesterday (25/2/19) with basically a palm off and did not address the main questions that I asked. She would have likely known yesterday when she responded to my email that the suppression orders were going to be lifted today. (Click here to read the letter)

Once I read on the internet that the suppression orders had been lifted I put the article back up. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the suppression orders should have never been on the matter in the first place and once the international media started reporting the judgment last December the suppression orders became a waste of time. This was re-enforced but Justice Lucy McCallum’s comments in court and the article I wrote about it.

George Pell’s barrister has already said he will appeal so the matter has a long way to go. I wonder if other victims might come forward now.

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13 Comments on “Convicted paedophile Cardinal George Pell likely to be jailed for child sex abuse”

  1. colinh February 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

    It will be interesting the hear comments from the Pope!!!

  2. Maurice (Moss) Larsen February 26, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    Justice achieved.

  3. Steve February 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    Anecdotal evidence where the media report the witness claimed Pell said “sounded like or something like” an appeal will chuck this out. Not a Pell supporter, not even Catholic, but seems lime circumstantial evidence to me, but I’m not privy to all the evidence. Shane you need to post from overseas and outside the jurisdiction of the Australian courts

  4. Shane Dowling February 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

    TONY ABBOTT AND BRANDIS BOTH SECRETLY MET WITH PAEDOPHILE PROTECTOR GEORGE PELL. WHY?

    Federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC secretly met with known paedophile protector and alleged paedophile Cardinal George Pell in May this year. It was only reported on Monday (20/7/15) because Brandis has spent the last 3 months trying to conceal it. Read more: https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2015/07/26/tony-abbott-and-brandis-both-secretly-met-with-paedophile-protector-george-pell-why/

  5. Ross Cameron February 26, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    Isn`t the going sentence rate–three months for raping three boys? So Pell should get two for two?

  6. Ross Cameron February 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    Looks like you have company,Shane.

    From the Guardian—As many as 100 journalists have been threatened with a charge of contempt of court – and could face possible jail terms – over reporting of the Cardinal George Pell trial.

    Victoria’s director of public prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has written to as many as 100 individual publishers, editors, broadcasters, reporters and subeditors at the media giants News Corp Australia, Nine Entertainment, the ABC, Crikey and several smaller publications, accusing them of breaching a nationwide suppression order imposed during the case. Nine’s Melbourne masthead The Age alone received more than 30 letters.

    Show-cause notices were sent to the journalists in early February saying that they had potentially interfered with the administration of justice and scandalised the court.

    • Shane Dowling February 26, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

      Th SMH has a story up now on the same issue. Looks like they followed my lead.

  7. Mike February 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    It appears we are crucifying the person and not the crime many others raped more then 3 or 5 or 6 or 7 from other denomination also accusation against ex government employees and they weren’t even called before the failed Royal Commission into sexual; abuse the sexual abuse inquiry wasn’t a Catholic inquiry. we need to witness fairness

    • Shane Dowling February 26, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

      George Pell protected hundreds if not thousands of paedophiles in his senior postions in the Church over many years. Try that for fairness if and when he is jailed.

      • Chris February 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

        Where is the evidence that your statement is true. He was in a position to ‘potentially’ do what you state.

    • Jonde February 26, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

      Mike, crucifying should be the punishment for all the guilty individuals as crucifying is their sign is an action upon themselves on a regular basis, they carry a crucifix on their bodies, place one in their places of employment and carry on as though the effigy of the crucified criminal should be treated as a squeaky-clean, perfect and innocent individual.

  8. Jonde. February 26, 2019 at 7:01 pm #

    Anthropomorphism will allow Pell and his ilk to be punished lightly.
    What about the head honcho be taken to task as would happen to a CEO of a company, in the same circumstances.
    A ‘pie in the sky’ , alcohol and illegal drugs should never be an excuse for lenient punishment.

  9. Allan February 27, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    Kerri Judd’s veiled threats of sub judice on your part has “backfired to buggery” per the ‘Streisand Effect’ (Wiki), leaving me wondering if ‘court jester Judd’ is in some way biologically related to Barbara Streisand. Don’t let the bastards grind you down in this – their warped wishy-washy war of attrition – Shane.

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