WATCH | 'I have forgiven him, but he needs to pay' - Bob Hewitt victim to fight his parole

2019-09-16 19:56

As one of the most outspoken survivors of former tennis pro and rapist Bob Hewitt, Olivia Jasriel was devastated and angry when she heard the news that he was set to be released on parole on September 23, without any consultation with her or other victims. 

As one of the most outspoken survivors of former tennis pro and rapist Bob Hewitt, Olivia Jasriel was devastated and angry when she heard the news that he was set to be released on parole on September 23, without any consultation with her or other victims.  (Sharlene Rood)

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Olivia Jasriel, one of the most outspoken victims of former tennis pro and rapist Bob Hewitt, told News24 that she has forgiven him.

"But it doesn't mean that he doesn't need to pay for his crime," she said.

Jasriel said she was angry when she heard the news that he was set to be released on parole on September 23, without any consultation with her or other victims.

In a sit-down interview with News24 she recalled the moment her attorney told her the news. 

"I thought that she was going to tell me he has passed away, but she didn't. She said to me he's going home.

COLUMN: Hewitt parole fiasco demonstrates how the system fails victims

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, has since instructed the National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to take the decision to place Hewitt on parole on review.

Hewitt, 79, was convicted for the rape of two young women and for sexually assaulting another who he coached in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was found guilty of rape in 2015 and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Jasriel said she's waiting for an invitation to represent herself at his parole hearing and she's prepared to fight.

"He must sit. He must finish out his sentence in jail, where he belongs," Jasriel said.


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