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Victims could get longer to sue
Iorworth Hoare
A victim of a lottery-winning sex attacker is unable to sue him
Crime victims could be given more time to sue for damages under law changes being considered by the Home Office.

It is considering extending the six-year limit on lodging a claim, after the High Court ruled a woman could not sue a lottery-winning rapist.

Serial rapist Iorworth Hoare from Leeds attacked the woman, known as Mrs A, in 1988. On leave from jail in August 2004 he bought a 7m winning lottery ticket.

The 76-year-old victim of attempted rape is to appeal against the ruling.

'Back to court'

She says there was very little delay in issuing her claim in December 2004, after learning of Hoare's win and realising it was "worthwhile" suing him.

Her spokesman, Eben Black, said: "We will go back to the Court of Appeal, to the House of Lords and to the European Court [of Human Rights] if necessary."

The High Court was upholding a June ruling that said the woman's claim fell outside the six-year limit.

But the Home Office later said it wanted to make it easier for victims to claim damages from criminals who later came into money, such as via an inheritance or lottery win.

Mrs A's lawyers welcomed the statement.

Hoare was jailed for life in May 1989 for trying to rape Mrs A in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

He had previously been convicted of a string of sex attacks, including rape, during the 1970s and 1980s.

The 52-year-old became a millionaire after buying a lottery ticket on weekend leave from Leyhill prison in South Gloucestershire. He has since been freed.

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