By Giselle Wakatama
Newcastle Neighborhood Courtroom has started listening to a keep of proceedings application by the most senior Catholic clergyman in the planet charged with concealing little one sexual abuse.
Adelaide’s Archbishop Philip Wilson has pleaded not guilty to concealing the significant indictable offence of the now lifeless paedophile priest James Fletcher in the seventies.
If productive in his application it would imply a hearing would never ever go forward.
Wilson’s law firm has these days argued a everlasting stay of proceedings is warranted, given that 45 many years have passed given that Fletcher’s alleged offence.
The court listened to the Cessnock-born Wilson was informed about the Fletcher incident five a long time following it occurred.
Wilson’s lawyer argued he was not complicit to the incident, nor was he a witness to it.
His law firm said the hold off in the situation was unparalleled.
The hearing continues.
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