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Archbishop accused of hiding abuse claims

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December 06, 2017

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found mentally well enough to stand trial.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found fit to stand trial in NSW over claims he covered up sexual abuse by a pedophile priest, a court has heard.

Wilson, 67, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with concealing child sex assault, was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease when he met with Adelaide neuropsychologist Emma Scamps on Tuesday to determine if he was capable of understanding the evidence to be given at his trial and to instruct his lawyers.

Newcastle Local Court was told on Wednesday Dr Scamps believed Wilson had signs of cognitive impairment but was mentally well enough to stand trial.

Wilson had been due to appear in court last week for the start of a two-week hearing over allegations he concealed information about the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1971 by the now-dead pedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region.

The trial is now due to begin at 2pm on Wednesday to give Wilson time to travel from Adelaide to Newcastle.

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