A case of wine has been delivered to the monastery where Cardinal George Pell is expected to spend his first night on liberty after more than a year in prison.
The cheeky delivery to Kew Monastery, just outside Melbourne, was captured on video by news crews outside on Tuesday.
The delivery man, dressed in high visibility, a mask and protective gloves, was seen depositing the case on the alley of the Carmelite monastery as a nun rushed towards him.
A nun picks up a case of wine placed on Tuesday outside a Kew monastery. Cardinal George Pell to be invited Tuesday evening
Cardinal George Pell is taken out of Barwon prison on Tuesday. He was to spend his first night at liberty in a monastery just outside Melbourne
The delivery man jumps out of the way of the big iron gates which close against him.
The video was posted on Twitter by Channel 9 reporter Sam Cucchiara just after 2 p.m. – prompting a tirade from Pell’s critics.
Cardinal Pell was chased from Barwon prison, about 68 km south of Melbourne, just before noon in a convoy of three cars.
He had spent 405 days behind bars after being wrongly sentenced for the sexual abuse of two choir boys.
The High Court decision overturned an earlier decision by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice Anne Ferguson, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Chris Maxwell, and Justice Mark Weinberg.
‘Choke on it’, someone posted under the video.
“Puke, I’m so disgusted and disgusted with this whole thing and now he’s happy,” wrote another.
Special delivery: a man deposits a case of wine at the monastery where Cardinal George Pell was to spend his first night of freedom
The delivery man was wearing protective gear and almost got caught by the large doors that protect the monastery
Cardinal George Pell was taken from prison in a convoy of three cars. He had spent more than a year inside
Journalists camped outside of Barwon prison and others staked a Kew monastery where Cardinal Pell was to reside on Tuesday evening.
Cardinal Pell has been widely condemned on social media from all walks of life, including journalists and politicians.
Some of the abuses directed against Cardinal Pell in the wine video went even further.
“Now I know where he is staying, you will get your time back,” said one person.
“I hope it’s a bomb,” said another.
“Send someone infected with #coronavirus so they can” cure “them! Hope he catches the virus and removes the sting! yet another wrote.
Some believe that Cardinal Pell could probably use a good drop of red after months of bread and water.
‘And? What is a crime now? one person answered.
“If I had just been released from 400 days of solitary confinement and my convictions had been overturned, I would want more than a wine case,” wrote another man.