Convicted rapist and former darling of tennis Bob Hewitt’s appeal against his six-year jail term will be heard on May 3, the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) has confirmed.
“It has taken our justice system over a year to deny Hewitt leave to appeal his conviction and to announce that his leave to appeal his sentence will commence in May this year,” said Women and Men against Child Abuse (WMACA) founding director Miranda Friedmann on Tuesday.
“We will not back down on our demand for a direct prison sentence.” Friedmann said Hewitt must be held accountable for his crimes against children for the sake of justice and his victims “as well as to give other victims confidence in our justice system should they wish to disclose abuse. Furthermore Hewitt must be punished as a deterrent to other would be child rapists”.
Hewitt is currently under house arrest at his home in East London after he was convicted of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault. He had applied for leave to appeal his conviction and sentence. Judge Bert Bam denied Hewitt leave to appeal his conviction but let him lodge an application to appeal his six-year jail sentence.
Last year, a Massachusetts court in America awarded Heather Crowe nearly R17 million in a civil case after she accused Hewitt of sexually abusing her in the 1970s.