Catholic Archbishop Phillip Wilson to escape further trial, as DPP decides not to appeal
The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions will not appeal a decision to overturn the conviction of the former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson on charges of concealing historical child sex abuse in the Hunter Valley.
Archbishop Wilson was the highest ranking Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing abuse, until his conviction was overturned by the Newcastle District Court earlier this month.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions has no right of appeal against the dismissal of a charge in these circumstances,” it said in a statement.
“An appeal can only be made on errors of law. After careful consideration, it was decided that there were no reasonable prospects of success of appeal on errors of law.”
More to come.