A Yorkshire woman, who won compensation from Lotto rapist Iorworth Hoare after a lengthy legal battle, has received an MBE from the Queen earlier today at Buckingham Palace. 82 year old retired teacher Shirley Woodman waived her anonymity after being awarded the gong for services to the community.
She was attacked by Hoare in Leeds in 1988. He was jailed for life the following year and scooped £7.2million in 2004 when he bought a Lotto Extra ticket while on day release from prison.
Mrs Woodman sued Hoare for damages when she heard of his win and after a four year legal battle she won a groundbreaking ruling from the Law Lords and was awarded compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
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The pair were found guilty of running a number of brothels and trafficking vulnerable Chinese and Malaysian women around the country.
Barbara, from Sheffield, and her husband, Ray, gave much of their great fortune away to worthy causes.