Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt bailed in South Africa after rape conviction


PRETORIA: Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt was granted bail on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after being sentenced to six years in jail in South Africa for raping and assaulting young girls he coached in the 1980s and 1990s. Victims attending the bail hearing reacted with anger to the judge’s decision to allow Hewitt to avoid prison for at least a month after his lawyers argued they needed more time to prepare his appeal. Hewitt, 75, had pleaded not guilty to the two charges of rape and one of sexual assault that were brought against him by three women in 2013. He won numerous Grand Slam doubles titles during his career in the 1960s and 1970s and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.



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