Hewitt to spend next six years in jail

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 18, 2015

The Pretoria High Court has sentenced former double Grand Slam champion, Bob Hewitt, to six years in jail on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault on three of his former students in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

In passing his judgement, Judge Bert Bam also ordered Hewitt to pay R100 000 to campaigns dealing with sexual abuse, adding that the 75-year old would have gone to jail for 20-years had he been younger and in better health.

Prosecutor Advocate Carina Coetzee said that the Australian-born native, who had been living on a citrus farm near Addo with his wife Delaille, showed no remorse during the trail and only “felt sorry for himself”.

Hewitt had previously denied the claims brought against him by Suellen Sheehan, Theresa Tolken and a third unnamed woman, saying that while he admitted to writing Tolken letters to provide “fatherly advice” as she was not on good terms with father, he never instructed her to “pull her panties down”.

His defence team is set to appeal the sentence tomorrow while is bail had been extended.

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