Detective says police did not seek out Pell’s diary records or archival information on his movements in relation to alleged event

The committal hearing into sexual offence allegations against Cardinal George Pell has concluded, with senior detectives saying they did not ask Pell for his diary records nor approach St Patrick’s Cathedral for archival information about his movements.

On Thursday Det Chris Reed was cross-examined by Pell’s defence barrister, Robert Richter QC. Richter pressed Reed on events alleged to have occurred at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 after Sunday mass while Pell was dressed in his robes. Richter said a review of a church newspaper as well as church records revealed Pell only gave mass at the church on two dates in 1996, both in December and after he became Archbishop of Melbourne.

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