Hewitt loses bid to appeal conviction

2015-06-19 11:39
Bob Hewitt in court. (Ahmed Areff, News24)

Bob Hewitt in court. (Ahmed Areff, News24)

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Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed convicted rapist Bob Hewitt's application for leave to appeal his conviction, but has granted him leave to appeal his effective six-year sentence.

"The application for leave to appeal the conviction is refused," Judge Bert Bam said.

"Leave to appeal the sentence to the Supreme Court of Appeal is granted."

He said earlier that Hewitt's age, his health and the time that had elapsed since the incidents made the decision to impose a correct sentence very difficult.

Bam previously sentenced Hewitt to eight years each for the rapes of Suellen Sheehan and Twiggy Tolken.

Two years of each six-year sentence was suspended for two years, provided he pays an amount on each count towards a department of justice programme against the abuse of women and children.

For the indecent assault of a third person, also a teenager at the time, he received two years. The sentences will run concurrently.

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