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"It's pathetic": Pell's sentence angers survivors

 

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George Pell has been jailed for a maximum of 6 years with a 3 year 8 month non-parole period, after being convicted of sexually abusing two choir boys.

County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd read out his hour-long sentence in front of a packed courtroom and global television audience. 

The offending was described as brazen and committed with venom. Judge Kidd said the status as Archbishop cast a powerful shadow over the offending, characterising the abuses as grave.

Pell sat emotionless as the sentence was handed down. Before he walked back to the cells, flanked by security, Pell was made to sign paperwork registering him for life as a sex offender.

Steve Fisher from Beyond Abuse in Tasmania says the fact that Pell received concessions for his age, health and character references is ridiculous.

"He should not be discounted because of this and that, age or standing in the community. That to me is just another kick in the face for the survivors," Mr Fisher said.

Mr Fisher is calling for mandatory sentencing for child offenders.

"Survivors are given a life sentence of psychological problems and so on. However, it is not reflected in the sentencing and that was one of the big things that we got out of it today."

"I think it's a pathetic sentence, given the severity of the crime. Unfortunately in the judicial system at the moment, all these things, discounts and so forth because of health," Mr Fisher added.