One of Cardinal George Pell’s alleged victims died of a heroin overdose and his father never suspected he had been sexually offended against, a Melbourne court has been told.
The man’s father was one of the first to give evidence at Cardinal Pell’s committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after it reopened to the public and the media.
Since the hearing began last week, it has been closed to allow the complainants to give their evidence, which is standard practice in Victoria for cases involving sexual offence charges.
Cardinal Pell is fighting historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complaints. No other details can be reported for legal reasons.
The father of one of his alleged victims told the hearing he had no idea his son was allegedly sexually offended against until the police came to take a statement from him a year after his son’s death.