Bob Hewitt and his wife Delaille Hewitt at the Palm Ridge High Court. Tennis star Bob Hewitt is charged with rape and sexual assault of Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken who was a teenager when the offence allegedly occurred. 090215. Picture: Chris Collingridge 764
Bob Hewitt and his wife Delaille Hewitt at the Palm Ridge High Court. Tennis star Bob Hewitt is charged with rape and sexual assault of Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken who was a teenager when the offence allegedly occurred. 090215. Picture: Chris Collingridge 764

Hewitt’s wife stands by her man

By Naledi Shange Time of article published Feb 13, 2015

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Johannesburg - The wife of former tennis champion Bob Hewitt told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Friday that she stands by her husband's side.

Under cross-examination by prosecutor Carin Coetzee, Delaille Hewitt said she “unconditionally” supported her husband, who is now 75.

She disputed the evidence of Suellen Sheehan, who told the court Hewitt raped her in his car in Boksburg in 1982 after fetching her from school for tennis practice. Sheehan was 12 years old at the time.

Delaille Hewitt told the court Sheehan had testified about her husband's white, disgusting thighs.

“We both loved to tan,” Delaille Hewitt said. “He was always brown. His socks and where his speedo is is the only part where he would have been white.”

Her Australian-born husband has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one of indecent assault involving Sheehan and two other women he coached in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sapa

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