Certain jail time for 76-year-old Bob Hewitt after he exhausts all legal options

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Convicted rapist and former Grand Slam tennis champion, Bob Hewitt, who had been residing just outside Port Elizabeth, now certainly has to go to jail after the Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed his application to appeal his conviction for rape.

Hewitt, 76, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault by the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, east of Johannesburg in March 2015. He was convicted of the rape of two of his former students, Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken and Sheehan in the 1980s,  and the sexual assault of a third woman, who may not be named, in the 1990s when he gave tennis lessons to the girls.

In May, the Pretoria High Court sentenced him to six years in jail

He immediately launched applications for leave to appeal his conviction.

In June, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that he could appeal his six year sentence, but not his conviction.

Again in June 2016, the application to appeal his conviction was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Hewitt then extended his bail so that he could begin the process of taking his case to the Constitutional Court.

On Monday, the Constitutional Court released a statement stating that: “The Constitutional Court has considered this application for direct access and has concluded that the application should be dismissed as it lacks prospects of success.”

Hewitt will now be imprisoned shortly - it remains unclear as to exactly when this would be.