He was convicted last month by Judge Bert Bam on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault, which were committed more than 30 years ago on Suellen Sheehan, Theresa “Twiggy” Tolken and one other woman who may not be named.
Hewitt’s defence advocate Terry Price managed to convince Judge Bam he had been unable to obtain the court records timeously, which were needed by an expert witness who would testify for Hewitt, 75, in mitigation of sentence.
Tolken – who had flown to South Africa from America – and Sheehan were visibly frustrated by the decision. “I just want this over with,” Sheehan said.
Tolken said she would not be able to return for the sentencing next month. Judge Bam said he would not postpone the matter again.