Lottery rapist gets his hands on £7MILLION jackpot after sick attack on dogwalker in park as victim’s family speak out
- Published: 23:31, 13 Apr 2023
A LOTTERY rapist has been granted full access to his £7.2million jackpot.
Iorworth Hoare attacked former head teacher Shirley Woodman, 59, as she walked through a park in Leeds in 1988.
He was convicted of attempted rape and jailed in 1989.
Hoare bought the ticket in August 2004 while on weekend leave from Leyhill open prison, Gloucestershire.
Hoare, 70, was prevented from having unlimited access to his money under the conditions of his release on licence.
He was understood to initially have a monthly allowance of £8,666 after he left jail in 2005.
The rest of the £7.2m could only be accessed with the consent of the fund trustees – a Home Office official, his lawyer and his accountant.
But he gained full access to his winnings after a 15-year legal dispute.
Now, Shirley’s heartbroken family have called on Hoare to donate his winnings to charity.
He can do good with that money, like my mum did.”
Twenty years after the attack, Shirley won a legal battle to change the law so she could claim compensation from Hoare.
The attacker eventually had to pay £50,000 damages and almost £800,000 in legal costs.
She donated all the money to charity.
Shirley waived her right to anonymity when she received an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2012.
A Home Office source said: “There was nothing legally which could be done to stop him in the end.”
Shelley, the victim’s daughter from Bradford, West Yorks, said: “People thought my mum was going after his millions – she wasn’t. It was about getting the law changed.
“She gave all the money away and it’s what he should be doing with his money. I certainly do think he should pay back the system like my mum wanted him to and help good causes.
“He can do good with that money like my mum did. She was wonderful.”
Hoare has used his money to build a property portfolio and art collection – and now lives in a detached property nestled in the countryside with his long-term partner.
He was forced to leave his previous home in Ponteland, near Newcastle, in 2011, after “Leave or Die” was plastered on his gate.
Shirley’s daughter Shelley Wolfson, 67, told the Mirror: “She gave all the money away to charity and it’s what he should be doing with his money.