Iorworth Hoare is known as the 'Lotto rapist'. In 2004 he hit the lottery jackpot when he bought a ticket during weekend release from prison - despite his conviction for a string of violent sex attacks. He scooped a massive £7.2 million, leaving his last victim 'horrified'. And recently Hoare was sent back behind bars...

Lotto rapist

Iorworth Hoare (Photo: Rex Features)

By 2004, Iorworth Hoare had spent the last 15-years languishing in a prison cell having been jailed for attempted rape. Hoare had attacked his victim, a 59-year-old retired teacher, in Roundhey Park, Leeds, in 1988.

At the time of that attack, the sex beast had already racked up previous convictions for rape, two further attempt rapes and three indecent assaults. Jailing Hoare for life, Justice Rougier called him ‘a menace to women’.

But fast-forward to 2004, and rapist Hoare was granted weekend leave from open prison. He used his temporary freedom to buy a Lotto Extra ticket. And when his numbers came in, he scooped a £7.2 million jackpot.

There was public outrage when the story hit the headlines. But for Hoare’s last victim, known then only as Mrs A, it was more than anger. It left her feeling ‘horrified and terrified’, fearing Hoare would use the cash to track her down to get revenge for putting him in prison.

Mrs A also felt his lottery win was ‘unjust’, so decided to sue him for damages for the psychological injuries she suffered as a result of the attack. Hoare contested the claim. He argued that victims of sex attacks must make their claims within six years, and the attack had taken place 16-years earlier.

A fierce court battle raged.

Lotto rapist

Iorworth Hoare after his release from prison (Photo: PA Photos)

Meanwhile, Hoare was released from prison in 2005, when he immediately splashed out on a six-bedroom home for £700,000. As a registered sex offender, he had to notify authorities of his whereabouts. Plus his release conditions restricted him to just £8,666 of his winnings a month.

Law Change

Finally, in 2008, Mrs A won a groundbreaking ruling from the Law Lords. It stated that, in cases of serious assault, courts would have the discretion to extend the time limit within which a victim can make a claim. She’d successfully challenged and changed the law of limitations.

Eventually, in 2009, Mrs A was awarded compensation in an out-of-court settlement with Hoare, which she immediately donated to charity. In 2012, Mrs A won an MBE for services to the community.

Back in court

Then, in May 2016, officers went to arrest Hoare, now 64, and known as Edward Thomas, for allegedly flashing at a female dog walker in woodland. The charge was later dropped when it was discovered Hoare had been on a bus at the time of the incident.

But, while he hadn’t committed that offence, during his arrest at his Northumbria home, he struggled with four officers, telling them, ‘I’m a multi-millionaire, I’m not going anywhere.’ He accused police of using excessive force out of jealousy because he was a lottery winner. He told South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, ‘the police were jealous, I have a very good lifestyle.’

Yet he was found guilty of resisting arrest, sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to pay £650 costs. However he must remain in prison until a parole hearing as his arrest put him in breach of his licence.