Archbishop Philip Wilson © Peter Lorimer
Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson will appeal his conviction for covering up child sexual abuse cases. The trial against Wilson continues at the beginning of October.
The 67-year-old Wilson was arrested on 3. July initially sentenced to twelve months in prison. In mid-August, the penalty was changed to house arrest.
For the duration of the house arrest Wilson must wear electronic shackles. The court in Newcastle had found Wilson guilty of covering up allegations of abuse by altar boys against priest James Fletcher more than four decades ago when he was a young priest in Newcastle.
Will Wilson still be "released"?
Under prere from the now ousted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and large sections of the Australian media public, Wilson was on 30. July resigned from his post as Archbishop of Adelaide. The Catholic "National Council of Priests" appealed in a letter to Pope Francis to dismiss Wilson "for the good of the Church in Australia". Wilson had already suspended his office as archbishop immediately after his conviction.
A district court in Newcastle, Australia, on Thursday set the 4. and 5. October date set for appeal hearing, Australian media reported