Bob Hewitt loses appeal against rape sentence

2016-06-09 11:18
Bob Hewitt. (Herman Verwey, Foto24)

Bob Hewitt. (Herman Verwey, Foto24)

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Bloemfontein – The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Thursday dismissed an appeal by former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted rapist Bob Hewitt. 

This means Hewitt will have to spend six years in prison.  

Hewitt was appealing his six-year sentence for raping two women when they were teenagers and sexually assaulting another.  

In March last year, Pretoria High Court Judge Bert Bam had found the 75-year-old guilty of raping Suellen Sheehan and Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken. 

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 against the abuse of women and children.

In the 1990s, he coached another teenage girl - who may not be named - who was also sexually assaulted.

For the indecent assault, he received two years.

The sentences would run concurrently, Bam said at the time.

Hewitt had applied for leave to appeal Bam's conviction, but the application was dismissed. However, Bam granted Hewitt's team leave to appeal his sentencing.

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.

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