Hewitt's wife stands by her husband

2015-02-13 15:09
Bob Hewitt stands in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Bob Hewitt stands in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The wife of former tennis champion Bob Hewitt told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Friday that she stands by her husband's side.

Under cross-examination by prosecutor Carin Coetzee, Delaille Hewitt said she "unconditionally" supported her husband, who is now 75.

She disputed the evidence of Suellen Sheehan, who told the court Hewitt raped her in his car in Boksburg in 1982 after fetching her from school for tennis practice. Sheehan was 12 years old at the time.

Delaille told the court Sheehan had testified about her husband's white, disgusting thighs.

"We both loved to tan," Delaille said. "He was always brown. His socks and where his speedo is, is the only part where he would have been white."

Her Australian-born husband has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one of indecent assault involving Sheehan and two other women he coached in the 1980s and 1990s.

One of them, Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken, testified that Hewitt touched her inappropriately and forced her to perform oral sex on him 34 years ago, when she was 12.

She told the court he made her take off her panties and told her to lie on top of him in the bath. She claimed he tried to put his penis inside her.

Tolken told her mother what had happened and a case was opened, but it was not pursued because it was not opened in the area where the alleged incident took place and out of concern for how she would be treated in court.

Hewitt has denied ever touching Tolken.

A third woman, who may not be named, testified that Hewitt rubbed himself against her back in an inappropriate way during their private tennis lessons.

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