Christian Brother's convictions quashed

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    VIC:Christian Brother's convictions quashed
    Karen Sweeney
    MELBOURNE, March 15 AAP - A former Christian Brother who spent his 80th birthday
    behind bars as a convicted pedophile will immediately walk free from jail after his
    convictions were quashed on appeal.
    A jury found John Francis Tyrrell guilty last year of 10 charges, including buggery
    and indecent assault.
    At trial, a complainant alleged Tyrrell abused him when he was aged between 10 and 12
    at Geelong's St Joseph's College.
    Court of Appeal Justices Stephen Kaye, Richard Niall and Mark Weinberg on Friday
    ordered Tyrrell be acquitted of all charges.
    Frail and partially blind, Tyrell watched the decision by video link as Justice Kaye
    ordered he be "quickly" released.
    Supporters clapped, whooped and immediately began making plans with Mr Tyrrell's
    lawyers to pick him up, after 11 months behind bars.
    He was sentenced in the County Court last April to 11 years in prison, with a minimum
    six-and-a-half years, before being eligible for parole.
    AAP ks/MI/nb
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