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Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Winning Streak' windfall for two of slain Eddie Hutch's sons

Laura Larkin

Published 09/02/2016 | 10:27

Ross Hutch on Winning streak
Ross Hutch on Winning streak

THE son of the Edward 'Neddie' Hutch wracked up some 189 convictions, but Eddie Jr's biggest windfall came when he was on Winning Streak.

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Eddie Jr was drawn to appear on Winning Streak last September but eventually asked his brother Ross to go on the show in his place.

The pair walked away with some €33,000 in cash and prizes from the National Lottery show, amid calls for him to donate his winnings to an organisation which helps the victims of crime.

Eddie Jr (40) has served numerous stints in jail for theft and driving convictions.

Despite this he was entitled to compete on the country's flagship game show.

His brother won him a car worth €25,000 - though Eddie Jr was handed down a driving ban in 2009 - and cash prizes worth €8,000.

Ross Hutch celebrates winning the car worth €25,000
Ross Hutch celebrates winning the car worth €25,000

Younger brother Ross, who left host Sinead Kennedy red-faced as he complimented her looks, also has some 54 convictions.

In January 2015, a judge found Eddie Jr not guilty by reason of insanity for assaulting a prison officer in Mountjoy in 2012.

Hutch told doctors he believed his uncle Gerry and his dad had organised a sex change for him and were spiking his methadone in order to turn him into a woman.

Dublin District Court also heard that Hutch believed his private parts were shrinking and that he had "breasts like a woman" during the testimony from a psychiatrist.

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