Suellen Sheehan claims she was sexually abused by former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt. Picture:Nokuthula Mbatha
Suellen Sheehan claims she was sexually abused by former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt. Picture:Nokuthula Mbatha

Sheehan also accused dad of rape

By SAPA Time of article published Feb 17, 2015

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Johannesburg - One of Bob Hewitt's alleged victims, Suellen Sheehan, previously accused her father of rape, the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, heard on Tuesday.

Judy Sheehan said this happened after she and her husband confronted their daughter about the allegations after hearing about it from the media.

“Her dad asked why are you telling such lies,” Judy Sheehan said, referring to reports that stated Hewitt had raped her daughter when she was nine.

She was being led in delivering her evidence-in-chief by Terry Price, for Hewitt.

Judy Sheehan said her daughter had replied: “It was taken out of context. It is not what I said.”

“I said 'Suellen, you're lying',” Sheehan continued.

Suellen Sheehan then hit her mother on the back of her head, causing her to fall on her face.

The confrontation took place on the road outside the family's home in Edenvale, Johannesburg, in December 2011. The Sheehans had denied their daughter access to their home and had taken out a protection order against her.

“Matthew then ran across and he smacked her,” said Judy Sheehan, referring to her grandson.

Matthew and Suellen Sheehan's father then pulled her off her mother. The police were called.

“When the police came in, Suellen Sheehan turned around, looked at her dad, and said: 'you raped me',” Judy Sheehan testified.

Suellen Sheehan is one of two women who have accused the Australian-born former Grand Slam tennis champion of rape.

She claimed Hewitt raped her in his car in 1982 before tennis practise, when she was 12.

Judy Sheehan said her daughter had never told her of the alleged rape and she would never have dismissed her had she told her.

“If this had happened, this case would have taken place some 30 odd years ago,” said Judy Sheehan.

“We would have addressed it then,” said Judy Sheehan.

Another woman has testified that Hewitt sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

Judy Sheehan said her relationship with her daughter broke down when she stopped financially supporting her at the age of 40.

Judy Sheehan and her husband have since moved to the coast after suffering five-and-a-half years of trauma and physical abuse from their daughter, she said.

Sapa

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