October 19, 2017

Court sets committal hearing date in Cardinal Pell matter

Cardinal Pell pictured in a 2014 file photo. Photo: CNS

Cardinal George Pell will face a committal hearing in relation to charges of historical sexual offence allegations next March.

The hearing is booked in for 4 weeks from March 5. Up to 50 witnesses are expected to be called.

Counsel for the Cardinal, Robert Richter, QC, today told a brief hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, during which the committal date was set, that it was “impossible” the allegations could have occurred.

Previously Mr Richter has said the Cardinal, who also attended today’s hearing although he was not required to do so, strenuously denies the allegations and will plead not guilty to all charges.

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