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Bob Hewitt guilty of rape

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Published on March 27, 2015 with No Comments

Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty in South Africa of raping and assaulting young girls whom he was coaching in the early 1980s.Hewitt, 75, had pleaded not guilty to the two charges of rape and one of indecent assault, which were brought against him by three women in 2013.Judge Bert Bam at the South Gauteng High Court described the evidence against Hewitt as “overwhelming“.At the trial, his victims said Hewitt assaulted them during private tennis lessons when they were young girls.“Time did not erase the crimes. A guilty person should not go unpunished. The scales of justice tip against the accused,“ Bam said.One woman testified that Hewitt had told her “rape is enjoyable“ as he assaulted her. One of his victims said the former champion raped her in his car before tennis practice in 1982, when she was a 12-year-old. Another victim said he had touched her inappropriately 34 years ago and forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 12 and 13. Hewitt won numerous Slam doubles titles during his career in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

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