Cardinal George Pell says he holds "no ill will to my accuser" after a full bench of the High Court of Australia quashed his conviction, allowing him to walk free from prison.
"The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant's guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place," the judgement read.
In December 2018 a jury found Pell guilty of the sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 and four counts of committing an indecent act with or in the presence of a child.
"While the Court of Appeal majority assessed the evidence of the opportunity witnesses as leaving open the possibility that the complainant's account was correct, their Honours' analysis failed to engage with the question of whether there remained a reasonable possibility that the offending had not taken place, such that there ought to have been a reasonable doubt as to the applicant's guilt," the judgement said.
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