Hewitt back in court to appeal 6 year sentencing

2016-05-03 06:12
Bob Hewitt. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Bob Hewitt. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Former Grand Slam champion and convicted rapist Bob Hewitt was expected to appeal his six year sentence at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein for raping two women when they 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 back in the 80s when they were teenagers.

Two years of each sentence was 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.

For the indecent assault, he received two years. The sentences would run concurrently, Bam said at the time. He coached the woman - who may not be named - in the 90s when she was also a teen.

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