'Victims would have opposed Bob Hewitt's parole,' says lawyer

The attorney representing of Bob Hewitt's victims, Tanya Koen, says there is no reason why her clients were not contacted by the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board over a decision to grant parole to convicted rapist Bob Hewitt.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has taken the decision on review.

Koen says her clients would have opposed it.

The national guideline of correctional services specifically sate in respect of sexual offences, that there are specific requirements that the parole board needs to meet, they need to contact the victims...there is absolutely no reason why they didn't contact the victims .

Tanya Koen, Attorney representing two of Bob Hewitt's victims

The research that I have done really points to the fact that paedophiles cannot be rehabilitated. A clear message should be sent out in society...I don't see why his age needs to be taken into account now.

Tanya Koen, Attorney representing two of Bob Hewitt's victims

The department of correctional services will now have to take the matter further. I am extremely grateful to the minister's office, it is astounding to me that he took action so quickly when it was brought to his attention.

Tanya Koen, Attorney representing two of Bob Hewitt's victims

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Minister of Justice and correctional service spokesperson Crispin Phiri took some time out to shed light into how the parole process works and who sits on the board.

People are nominated onto the parole board... sometimes these are people who have intimate knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Crispin Phiri, Spokesperson - Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services

There is a case-management committee as well that assesses these cases and brings them to the parole board for further assessment...the process that is required is that you need to interview the victims of the offender.

Crispin Phiri, Spokesperson - Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services

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