A Yorkshire woman who won compensation from Lotto rapist Iorworth Hoare after a lengthy legal battle is receiving an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today. Shirley Woodman waived her anonymity after being awarded the honour for services to the community in the 2012 Queen's New Year Honours.
Retired teacher Mrs Woodman, 82, was attacked by Hoare in Roundhay Park, Leeds, in 1988. He was jailed for life the following year for the attempted rape of Mrs Woodman, but scooped £7.2 million in 2004 when he bought a Lotto Extra ticket while on day release from prison.
Mrs Woodman sued Hoare for damages but he contested the claim, arguing that victims of sex attacks must make their claims within six years. In 2008 Mrs Woodman won a groundbreaking ruling from the Law Lords that, in cases of serious assault, courts would have the discretion to extend the time limit.