Criminal Edward Hutch set to appear on Winning Streak
Nephew of former crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch in line for a windfall
Published 16/09/2015 | 10:45
A nephew of former crime boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is in line for a windfall as he is due to appear on this week’s Winning Streak.
Edward Hutch (39) has 189 convictions for a range of offences, including theft and motoring offences.
The well-known petty criminal is set to join hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy on Saturday night for the RTE One show after sending in his three stars.
“It seems he is planning to go on himself,” a source told the Herald.
“It will be really surreal for viewers, because this guy could come out with anything.”
However, as is the case with all contestants, Hutch could nominate another person to stand in his place.
Sources at Montrose indicated that the situation had been developing all week once bosses became aware of who had been picked out.
Winning Streak is returning to our screens this weekend with some changes – and Hutch is lined up to be one of the
contestants on the show.
He will have a one-in-five chance of spinning the wheel – which could see him have a chance at bringing home €500,000.
There will also be holidays and cars up for grabs on the night, though Hutch was handed a 10-year driving ban in 2009.
It is expected that members of his family will also be in the audience on the night to cheer him on.
In January of this year a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity for assaulting a prison officer in 2012 while he was serving time in Mountjoy.
Hutch told doctors he believed his uncle Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch had “put a sex change into him” by paying prison authorities to spike his methadone, food and water.
Dublin District Court also heard that Hutch believed his private parts were shrinking and that he had “breasts like a woman”. A consultant psychiatrist said that the north inner city criminal was paranoid and living in fear of his uncle.
He believed there was a camera in his cell and that prison officers could hear everything that he did.
A spokeswoman for RTE said that they could not comment on individual players.
Meanwhile, the National Lotto said that players were picked at random and could appoint someone to play on their behalf. The show is the longest-running gameshow in Europe.