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Friday, October 4, 2013
Bob Hewitt case delayed until Jan. 10

Associated Press

BOKSBURG, South Africa -- The rape and sexual assault case against Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been postponed until next year while South Africa's public prosecutor brings an application to have the charges against the former Hall of Famer centralized so they can be heard in the same court.

Hewitt is accused of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault of girls who were all minors at the time. The alleged offenses date back as far as the early 1980s. Two are alleged to have occurred in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. Prosecutors say a third offense took place in South Africa's North West province. Hewitt denies the charges.

A court in Boksburg on Friday postponed the case until Jan. 10. The 73-year-old Hewitt was not present, citing ill health.