Llandudno-born £8.2 million lottery winner cleared of child sex abuse charges

An £8.2 million lottery winner won again in court – when a jury cleared him of child sex abuse.

The wealthy pensioner’s winnings had been “up for grabs” in the case, his QC had claimed.

Allan Hughes-Jones, 69, of St Martin, Guernsey, denied historical allegations of rape and indecency. The Mold crown court jury cleared him of all nine counts following a trial.

Mr Hughes-Jones was born at Llandudno and worked as an electrical engineer. He won the lottery in December 1999. He told his QC John Cooper that he still had a significant amount of money in the bank.

Cross-examined by prosecutor Matthew Curtis, Mr Hughes-Jones said he had done nothing wrong “at all” to the two alleged victims. Mr Curtis said after nearly 35 years of getting away with alleged crimes he couldn’t face the reality of what he had done.

But the defendant said there was “no reality to face.”

Opening the case to the jury, Mr Curtis said complaints were made to police in 2017 and in 2019. But Mr Hughes-Jones maintained the allegations were untrue.

His defence QC Mr Cooper had told the jury in his closing speech :”There’s a clear motive in this case.”

He said :”The defendant won the lottery, over £8 million. It’s there and it’s up for grabs as a matter of law. He’s not spent much of it.”

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno