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Winning Streak hopeful Hutch said “Monk tried to give me a sex change”

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Edward Hutch
Edward Hutch

The nephew of former crime boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, Edward Hutch, who is due to appear on this week’s Winning Streak, was found not guilty of assaulting a prison officer in 2012 by reason of insanity.

Reports indicate that 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

A consultant psychiatrist said that Hutch believed his uncle, as well as his dad, was trying to turn him into a woman by spiking his methadone, food and water in prison.

In his delusional state, he also believed his penis was shrinking and he had "breasts like a woman", Dublin District Court heard.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Stephen Monks said Hutch had been assessed numerous times between 2012 and 2014.

In his conversations with doctors, Dr Monks said Hutch told them he believed his uncle, 'The Monk', and his father had organised a sex change for him, and this was being done by spiking his methadone.

Dr Monks said Hutch also believed his privates were shrinking, "spirits had taken over his body" and he was "unsure" if he was a woman, though he had "breasts and a chest like a woman".

The court heard Hutch also believed prison officers had spiked his tea.

In relation to the assault allegation, the court heard that a prison officer walked past Hutch, who was mopping the floor and suddenly felt a very painful blow on the back of his head.

The officer turned around "in a daze" and saw Hutch with the detachable part of the mop. The garda said Hutch struck the prison officer on the back of the neck and head with the mop.

A leading charity for the victims of crime has suggested that Edward Hutch, who has 189 convictions for a range of crimes including theft, considers compensating some of his victims with his winnings.

Director of services at Support After Crime, Sally Hanlon, said Hutch should consider using his potential winnings to do some good.

"With his winnings he might consider using them to restore the harm [he might have caused].

"He has that option now," she told the Herald. "He might decide to make a donation to a victims' charity."

She noted that while his appearance could not be stopped by RTE or the National Lottery it was likely to "infuriate" victims of crime.

"People who are victims of crime have to receive restoration for the harm that is done," Ms Hanlon said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein's spokesperson on Justice Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that he had "sympathy" for RTE because they were in something of a quandary when it came to allowing criminals appear on their game shows.

"It'll leave something of a sour taste in the mouth in terms of the public perception, but in fairness to RTE I'm not aware of any legislation on this. Their hands are tied," he said.

"You have to find a balance between the need to protect the public and civil rights.

"What stands out more is that when someone has been convicted that amount of times, then we have a massive problem with our justice system.

"If someone has been in that amount of times and hadn't been rehabilitated it's a problem," he said.

Hutch is due to appear alongside hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy as the show returns on Saturday night after a short mid-season break.

He, or a player he appoints on his behalf, will be one of five contestants who will stand a chance of winning up to €500,000 on the show.

There will also be a range of holidays and cars up for grabs on the show.