Prosecutors drop more charges against media over Pell trial

Original article by Liz Main
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 14-Feb-20

Twenty-eight charges brought against four of the 36 journalists and media companies charged with breaching suppression orders in relation to Cardinal George Pell have been dropped. The orders were imposed in June 2018, with the media directed not to report on two trials that Pell faced over historical child sex offences until a verdict was handed down in the second trial. When Pell was found guilty in the first trial, the media reported that a high profile person had been found guilty, but that they were not allowed to report it. Prosecutors claimed that the media hints amounted to a breach of the orders.

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SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA, VICTORIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Legendary corporate tycoon’s 207,000 child porn images

Original article by Yoni Bashan, Emily Ritchie, Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 19-Dec-19

Former corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley has been released on conditional bail after being charged with six counts of possessing child abuse material. The 82-year-old was arrested at Sydney airport prior to taking a flight to Fiji. Police will allege that his carry-on luggage contained a laptop computer and USB devices with a large quantity of pornographic photos and videos that featured young children. The police were acting on an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip-off. Sir Ron retired from corporate life in June.

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MERCANTILE INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED – ASX MVT, NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE FORCE

Pell’s six-year death sentence

Original article by John Ferguson, Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 14-Mar-19

Victims of institutional child sexual abuse say Cardinal George Pell’s jail sentence is insufficient. The County Court of Victoria’s Chief Judge Peter Kidd has ruled that Pell will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months, after announcing a maximum sentence of six years for sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997. Chief Judge Kidd acknowledged that the 77-year-old could die in prison, given his age and health problems. Corrections Victoria has warned that Pell’s high profile and the nature of his offences means he may be targeted by other inmates.

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COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA, CORRECTIONS VICTORIA, CATHOLIC CHURCH, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Untreated trauma costs $9.1b a year: report

Original article by Rachel Browne
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 5 : 4-Feb-15

A new study by Pegasus Economics states that the annual loss to the Australian economy stemming from unresolved childhood trauma after sexual abuse is $A9.1bn. The four issues of alcohol abuse, mental illness, obesity, and suicide or attempted suicide were looked at in the research, commissioned by the Adults Surviving Child Abuse lobby group for its 2015 Budget submission to the Federal Government. Meanwhile the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse estimates the cost over a decade of a redress scheme for victims at $A4.3bn

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ADULTS SURVIVING CHILD ABUSE, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, PEGASUS ECONOMICS