Cardinal George Pell to face trial over historical sex charges

Cardinal George Pell to face trial over historical sex charges

Cardinal George Pell will stand trial over one historical sex offence charge.

Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington on Tuesday found there is evidence of sufficient weight on one of multiple charges against Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric for him to stand trial.

Several other charges against the 76-year-old were struck out.

Pell has strenuously denied all charges, and Tuesday’s committal comes after a four-week-long hearing to determine whether the allegations would go to trial in the County Court.

Pell, who took leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges, was in court to hear the decision.

Cardinal George Pell (pictured), Australia’s most senior Catholic, will stand trial over historical sex o

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