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Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK


Tycoon's rape parole denied

Owen Oyston attacked a teenager at his Lancashire home

Jailed businessman Owen Oyston has been refused parole after serving three years of a six-year sentence for rape.

The 64-year-old former Blackpool Football Club chairman was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court in 1996 of raping a 16-year-old girl at his manor house in Lancashire.

A parole panel has rejected his application for parole, his family said on Wednesday.

He will now be unable to reapply for another 12 months, by which time his automatic release date will have arrived.

It is understood that Oyston was refused a rehabilitation programme in prison because he would not take responsibility for his actions.

Still maintaining innocence

He is serving his sentence in the low-security Wealstun Jail near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

His wife Vicky condemned the decision, which she said was made because her husband was maintaining his innocence.

In a statement from the Oyston Group, in Preston, she said: "The appalling irony is that if he was prepared to lie and say he was guilty he would be home with us in matter of weeks.

"Owen has always known the consequences of this but remains steadfast that he is not prepared to lie, even to manipulate a system that has let him down so badly, so many times."

At Oyston's trial Mr Justice McCullough said that the former estate agent was guilty of "horrendous offences" and had shown no sign of remorse.

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