Pell to learn fate

DISGRACED Cardinal George Pell will learn his fate tomorrow morning as he appeals a six-year jail sentence for child sex abuse.

The Victorian Court of Appeal will rule on whether to overturn Pell's convictions for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

Cardinal George Pell could walk free from jail tomorrow.

Cardinal George Pell could walk free from jail tomorrow.

Pell spent two years in Swan Hill, in the 1970s, assigned to the Mallee town as an assistant priest. 

A jury found Pell guilty last December of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child.

His appeal was heard over two days in June. The three judges have now made their decision.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Anne Ferguson, President of the Court of Appeal Justice Chris Maxwell and Justice Mark Weinberg will hand their decision down at 9.30am tomorrow.

If the court finds the jury got it wrong and Pell's convictions are quashed, Victorian prosecutors could appeal against that decision in the High Court.

The same goes for Pell's legal team if the appeal is dismissed entirely — they could take that decision to the High Court.

Full coverage in Friday's edition of The Guardian.