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Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt granted bail

Bob Hewitt is now free to go home but will have to apply to the ConCourt by July to have his case heard.

FILE: Former tennis champion Bob Hewitt outside court after being sentenced to an effective six years in jail for rape and indecent assault. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt has been granted bail, while his legal team appeals to the Constitutional Court in a bid to have his six year jail sentence reduced.

The former tennis champion applied to have his bail extended at the High Court in Johannesburg this morning, after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application to appeal his jail sentence.

Hewitt was found guilty on two charges of rape and one of sexual assault early last year, after three women testified that he had abused them while he was their tennis coach in the 1980s.

Earlier today, the investigating officer placed the convicted rapist under arrest.

Hewitt is now free to go home, but will have to apply to the highest court of the land by July to have his case heard, and if the appeal is turned down he'll have to hand himself over to officials.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse's Germaine Vogel says this is disappointing news.

Meanwhile, a high court judge has lashed out at police for placing him under arrest before his bail application was heard.

Police in the High Court in Johannesburg placed the convicted rapist under arrest, just minutes before his application to have his bail extended was heard.

The judge criticised police for interfering in matters of the court.

Members from Women and Men Against Child Abuse who have been supporting his victims, say it's time for Hewitt to go to jail as the courts have already been too lenient.