Hewitt’s second accuser wants him ‘to pay’
Suellen Sheehan said the experience has been a painful and surreal.
JOHANNESBURG - A second alleged victim in the case involving former tennis champion, Bob Hewitt, wants him to pay for what he did so that she can put the "painful journey" behind her.
Suellen Sheehan testified in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday, claiming Hewitt sexually abused her more than three decades ago when she was just 13 years old.
She explained that the incident happened when she and Hewitt were driving to tennis practice in the early 1980s.
Hewitt, who faces two counts of rape and one of sexual assault, has denied the allegations.
Sheehan told the court she did not report the abuse immediately because her parents didn't believe her and she felt alone.
She said she was able to build up the courage to report her then coach when she read an article about another one of his alleged victims.
Sheehan said she never dreamt she would ever have that courage.
"It's been a very painful journey; it's been a real surreal journey. I've had good days and I've had bad days. It's a really daunting experience. I never for one minute thought I would be standing here."
Earlier, she described to the court how she felt immense pain on the day she said he abused her.
She went on to say that she still suffers from severe anxiety and depression.
Proceedings have adjourned and the trial is expected to resume tomorrow morning.