Bob Hewitt's lawyer wants case thrown out
The former tennis champion has been charged with two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
JOHANNESBURG - Bob Hewitt's lawyer is expected to argue today for the rape case against him to be struck from the roll in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge.
The former tennis champion has been charged with two counts of rape and one of sexual assault, by three women who claim he abused them while he was their tennis coach in the 1980s and 1990s.
His three alleged victims and their parents have concluded their testimony.
Defence attorney Terry Price says he doesn't see why his client should take the stand because the state has not been able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
But attorney Ian Levitt was watching proceedings on Wednesday and says the charges against Hewitt are too serious for the case to be thrown out of court.
"In my opinion I don't believe that the application will be successful but automatically it's in the hands of the court."
Theresa Tolken, Suellen Sheehan and a third alleged victim, who has asked not be named, have explained to the court how Hewitt took advantage of them when they were between the ages of 12 and 14.
Hewitt has denied the allegations.
A third alleged victim says she was advised by her psychologist not to pursue criminal charges against him because it would be too traumatic.
The alleged victim says she told her parents she no longer wanted to train with Hewitt and they immediately stopped the private lessons.
She says she later built up the courage and confided in her mother, and her parents took her to a psychologist.
But the psychologist advised them not to pursue the issue because the woman was still young and having to face Hewitt in court would be too traumatic for her.
There was also no evidence of indecent assault because no one else was present during the alleged incident.