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Ex-Tennis Star, Hewitt, Jailed In South Africa For Rape

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Hewitt in his playing days

Hewitt in his playing days

Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, Bob Hewitt, was sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court on Monday, May 18, 2015, after being found guilty of two-count charge of rape and sexual assault of minors, local media reported.

The Australian-born Hewitt, 75, was found guilty of assaulting three under-age girls during his time coaching children in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.
Before the sentence, Hewitt pleaded with the court to take his poor health into consideration, adding that he had received anonymous threats warning of assault if he were put behind bars, Talk Radio 702 reported.
Hewitt also told the court that he had suffered a stroke in 2010 and a heart attack in 2011.
The court, however, extended Hewitt’s bail until Tuesday when his legal team would appeal the sentence, the radio also reported.
Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles and six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.
He also reached the semi-finals of the men’s singles at the Australian Open three times, and won the Davis Cup with South African in 1974 after settling there.