Ex-tennis player convicted of rape

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Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been convicted of rape and sexual assault in South Africa.

Judge Bert Bam said he is satisfied that the two women who had accused the Australian-born ex-player of rape, and a third woman who had accused him of sexual assault, were telling the truth.

The charges stemmed from events in the 1980s and 1990s, when Hewitt, who is now 75, coached the women as young girls.

Hewitt had denied all three charges at the high court in Johannesburg.

The judge said the striking similarities among the three womens’ testimonies showed that Hewitt’s conduct was calculated.

Judge Bam ordered that Hewitt should be taken into custody.

Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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