Probe into Hewitt rape claims done - police

2012-07-05 14:06

Johannesburg - An investigation into rape allegations against former top tennis player Bob Hewitt has been concluded, police said on Thursday.

"The matter is at the director of public prosecutions in Johannesburg for a decision," said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

"The investigation has been finalised. We are waiting for a decision on whether someone should be charged."

Dlamini said he did not know when this decision would be made.

According the Associated Press (AP), Suellen Sheehan, 43, a Johannesburg businesswoman, asked police in December to open a rape investigation against Hewitt.

She alleges Hewitt began to abuse her when he started coaching her when she was 12. She said the abuse continued until she was 14. Sheehan only spoke out about the matter last year.

She said she knew of other women in South Africa, the United States, and New Zealand who said they were also abused by Hewitt. She did not say how many accusers there were, according to the AP.

Hewitt, 72, an Australian-born former doubles champion, now lives in Addo in the Eastern Cape.

He played tennis in the 1960s and 1970s, coached young players in South Africa in the 1980s, and was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.

Last year Sheehan and other accusers asked the Hall of Fame to remove Hewitt from its ranks. The Newport, Rhode Island-based hall on Tuesday told the AP it had hired an attorney to investigate the allegations against Hewitt.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-05 14:27

    It will probably be very difficult to get evidence to convict.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-07-05 14:43

    She complains some thirty years later ...why?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-05 14:48

      There are several women across the world who have come forward. This is common in cases like this. Just like with men who come forward 20 years after priests abused them...

      bodo.motk - 2012-07-05 14:52

      Read the previous reports then you will know why ......

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-05 15:30

      Are you for real? If it was your sister or mother? Get a life.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-05 15:46

      Daniel - try and understand the trauma here. Not the easiest thing for a woman to come forward and complain of rape. Your comment defies understanding - but perhaps you have been brought up in a culture that affords ladies no respect whatsoever .... Waster.

      Suellen Sheehan - 2013-07-23 15:27

      She didn't. She complained then and it was dismissed. Another girl opened a criminal case and it was stopped on the steps of the courthouse. Get your facts before you make an idiot of yourself.

  • jacques.alberts - 2012-07-05 14:49

    Ballas af!!!!!!!!!!!!. En ons Pa sal jou judge!! "What would you say " 5 seconds after you died"!!

  • Germaine - 2012-07-06 14:03

    Your journalist has made a few false comments and needs to be educated on the current subject - please get hold of Women And men Against Child Abuse for comment - you have our details

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