Victim finds cold comfort in sentencing of Cardinal George Pell to six years in jail for sexual abuse

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The surviving victim of Cardinal George Pell’s sexual abuse said he took little comfort in the disgraced cleric being sentenced to six years in prison because of a pending appeal.

The Australian cardinal was sentenced and registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life on Wednesday after being convicted on five counts of sexually abusing two altar boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s.

One of the victims later died of a drug overdose, but his friend, now in his thirties, said he will not find closure until he knows the outcome of the appeal that Pell plans to launch in June.

“It is hard for me, for the time being, to take comfort in this outcome. I appreciate that the court has acknowledged what was inflicted upon me as a child. However, there is no rest for me. Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal,” the man, who cannot be identified, said in a statement read outside court by one of his lawyers.



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