Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will be sentenced on Wednesday after his conviction for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, with the judge expected to impose a prison term on the Catholic Cardinal.
Pell will have to serve at least three years and eight months in jail before he is eligible for parole.
The jury also found Pell guilty of assaulting one of the boys a second time in early 1997 when the archbishop pushed the boy against a corridor wall after Sunday mass and groped him briefly. A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month.
Pell's appeal has been slated for a hearing on June 5 and 6.
Asked by a reporter outside court after the sentencing whether the case against Pell amounted to a witch hunt, his lawyer Robert Richter gave a rueful smile.
The most senior Catholic official to be convicted of sexual abuse, Pell took leave in 2016 as economy minister for the Vatican to fight the charges.
A jury unanimously convicted the 77 year-old in December, however the verdict was only made public on Feb 26, when further child sex offense charges against Pell dating back to the 1970s were dropped.
Pell also abused his position by breaching the trust of his victims.
"Facing jail at your age in these circumstances must be an bad state of affairs for you", Kidd said, the Guardian reported.More news: Trudeau denies 'partisan' meddling in prosecution
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However, tensions ran high outside the court, with one self-declared abuse survivor breaking down in tears as he listened to a broadcast of the hearing, and another assailing Pell's departing lawyer with cries of "dirty money".
One of the two victims died in an accident in 2014, while the other, now in his 30s, brought the allegations to police after years of struggling to understand what he had experienced as a child.
"I think the Catholic Church is shuffling it under the carpet and it makes me sick that I pay school fees to a Catholic system and then some of that money goes to the Catholic Church".
She said Pell had always seemed untouchable.
Pell will appeal the sentence.
The cardinal's crimes have drawn widespread condemnation, though he has retained the support of some high-profile figures in Australia.
Campaigner against child sexual abuse, Leonie Sheedy, arrived at the court today hoping for justice.
Statistics released in 2017 by Australia's Royal Commission into Responses to Institutional Child Sex Abuse stated that 7% of all Catholic priests in the country had abused children over the past six decades.
Kidd made it clear that Pell's sentence was based exclusively on the crimes he was convicted of by the jury, and that Pell was not to be made a scapegoat for the failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church.
While awaiting sentencing, prisoners, for the most part, keep their civilian clothes, but now Pell's belongings will be taken and he will be given a green prison tracksuit for the first time.