Appeal Court Rules That SA Ex-Tennis Star Bob Hewitt Must Go To Jail For Rape


Robert Anthony John Hewitt, known as Bob Hewitt is a former professional tennis player, originally from Australia, he however became a South African citizen in 1967 after marrying a South African woman.

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Bob Hewitt the professional tennis player achieved seven titles in singles and 65 in doubles in the course of his career and was actually at 1967 ranked World No. 6 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992. Details from his personal life were soon however to change all that.

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In November 2012, he was indefinitely suspended from the International Tennis Hall of Fame following an investigation into multiple allegations brought forward concerning sexual misconduct involving Hewitt and minor students that he coached, which arose in 2011.

In March 2015, he was convicted and sentenced to jail for six years and on 6 April 2016 he was expelled from the Tennis Hall of Fame altogether, for his conviction.

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Hewitt who was 75 at the time was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault on girls he was coaching in the 1980s and 1990s.

One of his victims had given evidence in the course of the trial to show that Hewitt had assaulted her when she was just 12 years old.

At the close of the trial, Judge Bert Bam criticized him for not showing remorse for the duration of the trial and insisted that justice must be done, even for ageing offenders.

Bob Hewitt

The sentence handed down to Hewitt was appealed but South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed the application by Bob Hewitt to challenge his conviction for rape and sexual assault.

His lawyers had argued that Hewitt suffers from ill-health and referred to the lengthy time between the offences and the actual trial. The Supreme Court’s deputy president Judge Mandisa Maya said in court papers;

“In my view, the sentences fit the criminal and the crime and fairly balance the competing interests.”

Although it is not immediately certain when Bob Hewitt will start serving his sentence, we can be glad at the fact that he will indeed pay to an extent for his actions.