PATRICK RAGGETT AND THE CASE OF "LOTTO RAPIST" IORWORTH HOARE
Victim Wins Right to Sue Lotto Rapist Iorworth Hoare for Compensation
A retired teacher attacked by a serial rapist who went on to win £7 million on the national lottery has won the right to launch a bid for compensation.
The Daily Telegraph, 08 Jul 2008 by Caroline Gammell
The 78-year-old, known only as Mrs A, was told by a High Court judge that she could go ahead with her damages claim against Iorworth Hoare.
She is claiming for the psychological injuries she said she suffered after he attacked her in Roundhay Park, Leeds, in 1988.
Hoare, 59, was convicted of attempted rape and jailed for life - he had six previous convictions for rape, attempted rape and indecent assault - and spent 16 years in prison.
He bought a winning Lotto Extra ticket while on day release from prison in August 2004.
Five months ago, Mrs A won a ruling from the Law Lords that, in cases of serious assault, courts had a discretion to extend the usual time limit within which compensation claims must be brought.
Her claim was sent back to the High Court for a decision on whether - due to the circumstances - she should be allowed to sue 20 years after the event.
Mr Justice Coulson said there were factors in Hoare's favour, namely the length of the delay and the fact that Mrs A had already received £5,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
But he went on to rule that the delay was reasonable because at the time of conviction, Hoare was given a life sentence which rendered him incapable of earning a living and therefore not worth suing at the time.
It was only after he won the lottery that he had any money to claim.
Mr Justice Coulson rejected suggestions that his ruling would open the floodgates to people trying to get round the legal time limits and described the case as "wholly exceptional".
He ordered an urgent trial of Mrs A's damages action if no settlement was reached.
Mrs A said she still suffered nightmares and that the brutality of the assault destroyed her self-esteem and wrecked her relationships.
Hoare, released from prison in 2005, is thought to live in a £700,000 house near Newcastle.