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George Pell’s first day of freedom: Acquitted cardinal stops at a BP servo to buy a phone charger

George Pell’s first day of freedom: Acquitted cardinal stops at a BP servo to buy a phone charger as he heads on a road trip

  • Cardinal George Pell was spotted buying a phone charger at a service station
  • Pell was on Tuesday acquitted of child sex abuse and freed from prison 
  • He was filmed getting out of a car and going inside the BP on Wednesday at 1.30
  • When asked how he was feeling after the ruling he said he was ‘very pleased’ 
  • He asked reporters to adhere to social distancing and not get too close to him 

Cardinal George Pell has been spotted buying a phone charger and newspapers at a service station on his first day of freedom.   

Pell – who was on Tuesday acquitted of child sex abuse and freed from prison – was seen shopping at the petrol station on the Hume Highway.

He was filmed getting out of a car and going inside the Woolworths BP at Glenrowan North, near Wangaratta in Victoria, about 1.30pm on Wednesday. 

It’s understood he may be driving from Melbourne to Sydney, although it’s not clear if his trip may be affected by coronavirus restrictions. 

Cardinal George Pell has been spotted buying a phone charger at a service station in Victoria on his first day of freedom

When asked how he was feeling after the High Court’s ruling yesterday, the cardinal said he was ‘very pleased’ to be free.

‘I’m sorry I’m not dressed a bit better,’ he said.

He also asked reporters to adhere to social distancing and not get too close to him. 

The Victoria-NSW border, which is 100km away from the petrol station, remains open for traffic.

But under stringent COVID-19 measures people aren’t allowed to travel unless it’s for ‘essential’ reasons. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Pell left the Carmelite Monastery in the Melbourne’s east, presumably headed for Sydney. 

Cardinal Pell was put up by the Sydney archdiocese after he returned from Rome to fight the abuse charges, having most recently served as Archbishop of Sydney. 

He also has family in NSW. 

The High Court ruled on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to convict Cardinal Pell, quashing five convictions.

When asked how he was feeling after the High Court's ruling yesterday, the cardinal said he was 'very pleased' to be free

When asked how he was feeling after the High Court’s ruling yesterday, the cardinal said he was ‘very pleased’ to be free

Cardinal Pell - who was on Tuesday acquitted of child sex abuse and freed from prison - was seen shopping at the petrol station on the Hume Highway

Cardinal Pell – who was on Tuesday acquitted of child sex abuse and freed from prison – was seen shopping at the petrol station on the Hume Highway

The spread of the coronavirus means he cannot celebrate Easter with any congregation and any thoughts of a quick return to Rome have been scuppered by international travel bans.

Pell released a statement saying a serious injustice had been remedied and he bears no ill will toward his accuser.

The accuser, now a man in his 30s, came forward after the death of the second choirboys in 2014.

‘I respect the decision of the High Court. I accept the outcome,’ he said in a statement.

He also hopes the outcome won’t discourage child sexual abuse survivors from coming forward, reassuring them ‘most people recognise the truth when they hear it’. 

The High Court ruled on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to convict Cardinal Pell, quashing five convictions. He was freed from Barwon prison within hours (pictured)

The High Court ruled on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to convict Cardinal Pell, quashing five convictions. He was freed from Barwon prison within hours (pictured)

 

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