Bob Hewitt sentencing expected today

MAY 18, 2015

Port Elizabeth-based former Grand Slam champion, Bob Hewitt (75), who was convicted of rape and sexual assault, is expected to be sentenced in the Pretoria High Court on Monday. 

Hewitt is currently on a R10 000 bail after the court found him guilty of raping two underage girls and sexually assaulting a third when he was coaching them tennis in March. Still, it is believed that there could be more of his victims, who may have not come forward. 

"It’s been a really, really rough ride," state witness, Suellen Sheehan, whom Hewitt raped in a car before tennis practice in Boksburg in 1982, told eNCA.

"On Monday, I believe it's finished. I hope it's finished. I want to move forward."

Hewitt previously failed to have his case struck from the roll and failed to appear in court on several occasions, due to ill health, according to his lawyer.

In February 2014, when he finally appeared in court, he pleaded not guilty.

Over the past three years, the case has been in several courts, including the Germiston Magistrate's Court, North Gauteng High Court and the Pretoria High Court.