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'I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm not going anywhere' - Lotto winning rapist brands police 'jealous' after resisting arrest

Tom White

Published 25/10/2016 | 17:52

Iorworth Hoare hit the headlines in 2004 after winning £7.2 million on the Lotto
Iorworth Hoare hit the headlines in 2004 after winning £7.2 million on the Lotto

A lottery winning rapist claimed the police were jealous of his lifestyle after he was convicted of resisting arrest.

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Iorworth Hoare, 64, now known as Edward Thomas, became aggressive after four police officers arrived at his house following an allegation of flashing, telling them: "I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm not going anywhere.

Hoare, who was convicted of attempted rape in 1989, hit the headlines in 2004 after winning £7.2 million on the Lotto while on weekend leave.

He was released from prison in 2005 but remained on life licence.

The charges of flashing were previously dropped, but Bedlington Magistrates' Court in Northumberland heard Hoare's demeanour was "very aggressive" when officers arrived to take him into custody following the allegation.

After entering his house, a converted chapel in Broomley, Northumberland, he demanded to use the phone to contact his solicitor.

Pc Sam Maughan told the court after they handcuffed one of his hands, Hoare moved across the room and had "clenched his right fist and was extremely tense".

A scuffle ensued and another officer, Pc David Chadwick, was forced to deliver a "knee strike" and force him down onto a sofa, resulting in Pc Chadwick suffering cut fingers and a grazed wrist.

Pc Maughan said during the incident that Hoare refused to look her in the eye and only addressed the male officers.

"I asked if we could go inside and he took us into the living room area," she said.

"I explained the reason why I was there, and his words were: 'I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm not going anywhere.'

"He started going towards the telephone, stomping around saying: 'I'm not going anywhere, I want a solicitor.'"

Hoare, who lives with his partner as well as ten cats and two tortoises, claimed "the police were jealous, I have a very good lifestyle".

He also told the court that if he had wanted to fight then the outcome would have been different, saying: "I have been in prison a long time, I know how to fight. I would know what to go for first."

Chairman of the bench Richard Smith said they were satisfied that the offence of resisting had been committed as they found the evidence of the police compelling.

"We believe their behaviour was proportionate and you became aggressive and were shouting after being arrested," he said.

Hoare was sentenced to one day in detention and ordered to pay £650 costs.

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