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George Pell remanded in custody after bail revoked at court hearing for child sex offences

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Cardinal George Pell has had his bail revoked in the County Court in Melbourne.

He's been remanded in custody for the first time on five child sex offence charges, which he was convicted of last December.

A jury found him guilty of sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s.

Pell will be sentenced on March 13.

"Goodbye you creep," a woman called out as Pell walked from the dock and into custody accompanied by corrections officers.

George Pell is likely to spend tonight in custody after he withdrew a last-ditch application for bail. © AAP Images George Pell is likely to spend tonight in custody after he withdrew a last-ditch application for bail.

Pell faced a plea hearing in the Victorian County Court following his conviction on five charges relating to the sexual abuse of two choirboys in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral dating back to 1996.

The hearing was told Pell's child sex crimes each carry maximum jail terms of 10 years.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC told Chief Judge Peter Kidd that Pell's offending involved two vulnerable boys and should be classed as serious.

"These acts … were, in our submission, humiliating and degrading towards each boy and gave rise to distress in each boy," he said.

"There has been a breach of trust in this case in the sense that Cardinal Pell was the driving force and in charge of this cathedral and these two choristers were a cog in the cathedral wheel ... in Sunday masses."

Mr Gibson said Pell had displayed a "degree of callous indifference" by continuing his attack on the boys despite their protests.

Pictures: Media scrum envelops George Pell

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