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‘Heads of argument in Hewitt’s appeal show no remorse’

Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt is appealing only his six-year sentence after being found guilty last year.

Bob Hewitt at the Palm Ridge magistrates court on 23 March 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) says Bob Hewitt doesn't understand the trauma he caused three women he abused more than 30 years ago by saying the high court 'over emphasised' the seriousness of the offences.

Hewitt (75) has denied all allegations against him, but was found guilty on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault less than a year ago.

He was granted leave to appeal only his six-year sentence, and has been out on bail pending a court hearing.

In the appeal papers, the rapes were described as neither cruel nor callous, saying when the first victim complained that Hewitt was hurting her he immediately desisted.

The organisation's Germaine Vogel says the heads of argument filed by Hewitt's lawyers show that there's no remorse.

"He called on the court to only take the view of - as they say - well rounded, law abiding and balanced members of the community. Really? Is it possible that people would ever consider and underestimate the immorality and severity of manipulating and raping children?"