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Cheers As Pedo Pell Loses Appeal of Six-Year Sentence

Cardinal George Pell is escorted in handcuffs from the supreme court back to jail after the court rejected his appeal against convictions for child sexual abuse. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Cardinal George Pell cut a dishevelled figure as he stepped into Melbourne’s supreme court and took his seat in the dock, flanked by two police officers. His hair had grown long, a large bald patch showing through, and he wore all black, a pop of white showing from his clerical collar. Prison has taken its toll. He had hoped to walk free from the building on Wednesday morning. Three appellant judges swiftly shattered that hope as their decision was delivered as to whether 12 jurors were unreasonable in convicting him for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996 when he was the archbishop of Melbourne.

Cardinal George Pell's conviction: the questions that remain
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