South Africa 4.5.2016 07:00 am

Hewitt faces another waiting game

FILE PICTURE: Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt in the dock of the North Gauteng High Court on 18 May 2015, the day of his sentencing. He has been sentenced to effectively 6 years imprisonment after he was found guilty in March on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt in the dock of the North Gauteng High Court on 18 May 2015, the day of his sentencing. He has been sentenced to effectively 6 years imprisonment after he was found guilty in March on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Picture: Christine Vermooten

“The bench agreed with senior state prosecutor Carina Coetzee’s closing argument”.

The Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday reserved judgment in a case of convicted child rapist Bob Hewitt.

The 76-year-old was appealing his six-year-prison sentence.

Women and Men against Child Abuse (WMACA) advocacy manager Germaine Vogel said the former tennis champion’s defence continued to argue that Hewitt’s age and the absence of violence when raping young children “should determine a noncustodial sentence” for him.

“The bench agreed with senior state prosecutor Carina Coetzee’s closing argument that how can you draw a line between a rape being worse than another,” Vogel said.

The disgraced former Grand Slam doubles champion was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of assaulting three underage girls he was coaching in South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.

Vogel said: “His defence argued that the style of writing in the letters that were presented during Hewitt’s trial was the way in which Australians express themselves to children, but the bench did not accept this.” WMACA reiterated the prison sentence handed to Hewitt last May was “more than fair to him and unjust to the complainants”.

 

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