ConCourt won't change Hewitt's fate, court hears

2016-06-20 12:33
Bob Hewitt. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Bob Hewitt. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – The State believes the Constitutional Court will not change the fate of convicted rapist Bob Hewitt, the High Court in Johannesburg heard on Monday.

"The State's position is that it would be fruitless to approach the Constitutional Court as there are no constitutional grounds (for the appeal)," said Hewitt's lawyer, Stephanie Green.

She was addressing Judge Brian Spilg in the absence of the prosecutor.

Hewitt had on Monday approached the court, seeking an extension of his bail as he prepares to appeal his sentence in the Constitutional Court.

Spilg requested clarity on the position of the State with regards to the extension, and requested that the prosecutor in the case avail herself or give directions to another State representative.

The case was adjourned until the prosecutor came to court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein previously said Hewitt had abused his position of authority when he raped two young women and sexually assaulted another.

It dismissed his appeal to have his six-year jail sentence overturned, and said his fame did not earn him special treatment.

In March last year, High Court Judge Bert Bam found the 76-year-old guilty of raping two women. Bam sentenced Hewitt to eight years each for the rapes in May. Hewitt had coached the women in the 1980s, when they were teenagers.

Two years of each sentence were suspended for two years, provided he paid an amount on each count towards a department of justice programme to combat the abuse of women and children.

In the 1990s, he coached another teenage girl - who may not be named. He was sentenced to two years for indecently assaulting her.

The SCA said it was regrettable that it had taken so long to bring him to justice.

It said Hewitt’s crimes had had a "lasting and devastating" effect on the victims and their families.

Both women who were raped by Hewitt are divorcees and have submitted that they struggled to maintain intimate relationships with men throughout their adult lives as a direct result of the rapes.

The disgraced former tennis champ walked through the hallways of the court, dressed in a white trench coat, with his wife Delaille beside him.

Going through the metal detectors in the court, the tall Hewitt towered above the court security.

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