After spending 405 days behind bars, Cardinal George Pell has just spent his first night a free man, after his sex abuse convictions were quashed by the High Court.
The 78-year-old, who has been serving a six year sentence at Barwon Prison in Victoria, received the news from his lawyers shortly after the court published the decision online.
WATCH: The father of one of George Pell‘s accusers says he has “lost faith” in Australia’s criminal justice system. Post continues after video.
The former advisor to the Pope, and highest ranking Catholic official in Australia, was convicted by a jury in December 2018 of abusing two 13-year-old choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996.
“I hold no ill will to my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel, there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough,” said Pell in a statement after…