Thursday 29 September 2016

15-time Grand Slam winner Bob Hewitt sentenced to six years for rape of young girls

Published 18/05/2015 | 13:13

Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt
Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt

Retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been sentenced to six years in prison in South Africa for rape and sexual assault.

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Judge Bert Bam sentenced Hewitt to eight years in jail for two counts of rape, with two years suspended. He also sentenced Hewitt to two years in prison for a third charge of sexual assault.

Judge Bam said the three sentences will be served at the same time, meaning Hewitt, 75, should spend up to six years in prison.

The judge also ordered Hewitt to pay about £5,000 to state-run campaigns against sexual violence.

Hewitt's accusers say he assaulted them in the 1980s and 1990s when they were minors.

Australian-born Hewitt denied the charges.

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