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Rapist is free to enjoy £7m lottery win
By Jane Mulkerrins
(Filed: 01/04/2005)

A convicted rapist who won £7 million on a Lotto draw while serving his sentence was released from jail last night as the Home Office admitted it could do nothing to prevent him from collecting his windfall.

Iorworth Hoare, who was jailed for life in 1989 after he was found guilty of one rape and two attempted rapes, was released from Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset, prison sources said.

There was a public outcry last August after Hoare, 52, from Leeds, bought the winning Lotto Extra ticket during a day release from priso

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David Blunkett, the then Home Secretary, promised that prisoners would be banned from benefiting from lottery wins while in jail. He also said he would look at whether a “substantial slice of the winnings” could go to a victims' fund.

A spokesman for the Home Office said last night that no measures had been put in place to ensure that victims benefited from a lottery windfall if won by a criminal.

He added: “We can't prevent prisoners from playing or winning the lottery. It could end up with us being taken to the European Court of Human Rights if we tried.”

A spokesman for the lottery operator, Camelot, said: “The only rules governing who plays the lottery are that you have to be over 16 and you can't work for Camelot.”

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