Archbishop Philip Wilson gets home detention for sex abuse cover-up

Former archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson arriving at court for a post-sentence decision on home detention

Former archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson arriving at court for a post-sentence decision on home detention

Philip Wilson, 67, was sentenced to one year in jail for helping cover up crimes by priest Jim Fletcher in the Hunter region of New South Wales state.

Former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson will serve his sentence for concealing historical child sex abuse in home detention.

Newcastle Court Magistrate Robert Stone said Wilson would be allowed to serve his detention at home due to a range of health issues he faces.

Wilson for two months refused to quit following his conviction, claiming he wanted to wait for the outcome of his appeal. Pope Francis accepted Wilson's resignation last month after mounting pressure.

Wilson will be detained at his sister's house for at least six months before he is eligible for parole. Stone said Wilson's detention would be under strict supervision and he would have to wear a tracking device as required. "Philip will you say sorry for what you have done to me and other child sex abuse survivors?" yelled victim Peter Gogarty outside the court.

"I'm beside myself about this", Gogarty told reporters.

Stone found Wilson had shown no remorse or contrition for the cover-up and his primary motive had been to protect the Catholic church.

Wilson's lawyer Ian Temby QC told the court the former archbishop planned to lodge an appeal against his conviction but would not be applying for bail.

Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006.

"I'm still here, still hurting. and not a single, solitary word to say sorry".

Wilson remains an ordained bishop but has no official role.

Bishop Greg O'Kelly, who is running the Archdiocese of Adelaide until a new archbishop is appointed, said in a statement he was keeping Wilson "in his prayers as he formally commences this stage in his life, while also remembering the victims and survivors of abuse in the church".

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