Former tennis star Hewitt on trial for rape

By Drum Digital
09 February 2015

Australian-born former tennis star Bob Hewitt showed no emotion in court on Monday while one of his accusers testified about how he sexually assaulted her.

Hewitt, 75, wearing a light brown suit and a yellow shirt, sat in the dock supported by his wife, and listened to his lawyer Terry Price cross-examine Theresa Tolken, who has given her permission to be named.

Hewitt has pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape and one of indecent assault.

Tolken told the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, how Hewitt, who was her tennis coach, allegedly touched her inappropriately and forced her to perform oral sex on him 34 years ago, when she was 12, and lived in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Price asked her: "Mr Hewitt would take you home most times after practice?"

She agreed.

"And despite this ongoing sexual assault, you got into the car with him?"

Tolken said she was brought up to respect adults and to do as she was told.

"He would get into your head. When I did tell my parents to pick me up, that was my outcry."

Tolken and her mother have returned from their home in New Zealand to testify against Hewitt.

Price persisted: "[Is there] any reason you didn't say you aren't comfortable?"

She said: "Then I would have had to elaborate on why I was not comfortable with him....I was scared, I was 12, 13 years old. I was scared, I was told by Hewitt not to say anything."

Tolken testified earlier that she eventually told her mother about Hewitt's alleged abuse after she heard her sister and a friend talking about kissing boys.

She said she had told the girls that she had been kissed by Hewitt, prompting her sister to tell their mother.

Judge Bert Bam adjourned the matter until 9.30am on Tuesday.

-SAPA

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