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ConCourt dismisses Bob Hewitt’s bid to appeal prison sentence

The former tennis champion was found guilty on two counts of rape, and one of sexual assault.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted sexual offender Bob Hewitt's legal team says he accepts today's decision in the Constitutional Court denying the former tennis pro the opportunity to appeal.

Hewitt submitted a petition to have his case heard in the highest court in the land today, but the matter was dismissed.

In March last year, the 76-year-old former doubles grand slam champion was found guilty on two counts of rape, and one of sexual assault.

The high court found that he abused three women when he was their tennis coach in the 1980s and 90s, while they were still teenagers and pre-teens.

He was sentenced to six years in prison, and allowed to remain under house arrest pending his appeals.

Hewitt is now expected to report to prison within seven working days.

His lawyer, Johan Engelbrecht read Hewitt's statement: "The ConCourt is the highest court, as far as constitutional matters are concerned, in the land. I have no other alternative but to accept it."