George Pell appeal decision due August 21

Cardinal George Pell to find out outcome of his appeal on August 21

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George Pell will hear the result of his appeal against his conviction for sexual abuse next week.

George Pell will hear the result of his appeal against his conviction for sexual abuse next week.

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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will read out a summary of the Court of Appeal's decision in proceedings to be live-streamed on the court's website.

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Cardinal George Pell will find out the outcome of his appeal against his conviction for molesting choirboys when the Court of Appeal hands down its judgement on Wednesday.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Anne Ferguson will read out a summary of the Court of Appeal's decision on August 21 in proceedings to be live-streamed on the court's website.

The convicted pedophile is serving at least three years and eight months behind bars for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996.

The 78-year-old has always denied the charges.

Pell's legal team urged the appeal judges to accept that the verdicts on one charge of sexual penetration of a child and four of committing indecent acts with or in the presence of a child were "unsafe and unsatisfactory".

While a surviving victim's evidence was accepted by the jury, Pell's lawyers said it was in the face of 20 prosecution witness who gave exculpatory evidence, including an alibi that it was Pell's practice to greet parishioners straight after mass and not return to the sacristy where the offending was said to have happened.

Prosecutors argued the evidence of the victim, now in his 30s, was moving enough to convince the jury that Pell was guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The appeal decision will be delivered nearly three months after his appeal hearing, after which Justice Ferguson, Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell and Justice Mark Weinberg reserved their decision.

Australian Associated Press

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