Victim’s mom denies knowledge of alleged Hewitt rape

2015-02-17 14:22
Suellen Sheehan, one of the alleged victims of former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt the Boksburg Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Suellen Sheehan, one of the alleged victims of former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt the Boksburg Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Suellen Sheehan's mother, Judy, on Tuesday denied having any knowledge of her daughter being allegedly raped by former tennis champion Bob Hewitt.

Judy Sheehan told the North Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, that her daughter never told her that she was raped.

"If this had happened, this case would have taken place some 30 odd years ago," said Judy Sheehan.

Her daughter is one of two women who have alleged that Hewitt raped them as he coached them in tennis in the 1980s.

Sheehan testified that Hewitt raped her in his car in 1982 before tennis practice when she was 12 years old.

A third woman testified that Hewitt sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

Australian-born Hewitt, now 75 years old, has denied the allegations.

Suellen Sheehan has alleged that her mother had rubbished her claims of the rape.

The two had an estranged relationship.

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