Philip Wilson: Adelaide Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has trial delayed
By Giselle Wakatama and Kerrin Thomas, November 28, 2017, ABC.net.au
Australia's most senior Catholic Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has had his trial delayed because of medical issues.
Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide, was due to front Newcastle Local Court today, but had a pacemaker fitted six days ago and remains in South Australia.
He was arrested two and a half years ago, and has tried, and failed, three times to permanently stay proceedings.
However, Archbishop Wilson's barrister Stephen Odgers today said his client was keen to have his day in court.
"I'm confident that the advice I've received is that one week is OK and he will be able to fly up here on Wednesday afternoon," Mr Odgers told the court.
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