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Bob Hewitt trial continues

FILE PICTURE: Former grand slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Former grand slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The trial of Australian-born former tennis star Bob Hewitt, accused of rape and indecent assault, is expected to continue in the Johannesburg High Court, sitting at Palm Ridge, on Tuesday.

On Monday, Hewitt showed no emotion in court while one of his accusers testified about how he sexually assaulted her.

Hewitt, 75, wearing a light brown suit and a yellow shirt, sat in the dock supported by his wife, and listened to his lawyer Terry Price cross-examine Theresa Tolken, who has given her permission to be named.

Hewitt has pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape and one of indecent assault.

Tolken told the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, how Hewitt, who was her tennis coach, allegedly touched her inappropriately and forced her to perform oral sex on him 34 years ago, when she was 12, and lived in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Price asked her: “Mr Hewitt would take you home most times after practice?”

She agreed.

“And despite this ongoing sexual assault, you got into the car with him?”

Tolken said she was brought up to respect adults and to do as she was told.

“He would get into your head. When I did tell my parents to pick me up, that was my outcry.”

Tolken and her mother have returned from their home in New Zealand to testify against Hewitt.

 

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