Ram­say’s dad-in-law jailed

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LON­DON: Gor­don Ram­say’s fa­ther-in-law was jailed yes­ter­day for hack­ing into the chef’s e-mails to dig up dirt.

Chris Hutch­e­son broke into per­sonal files to get back at the TV star, pic­tured, af­ter be­ing thrown out of Ram­say’s lu­cra­tive busi­ness em­pire.

The 69-year-old, whose daugh­ter Tana mar­ried Ram­say in 1996, con­spired with his sons Adam, 47, and Chris jr, 37, to ri­fle through the chef’s ac­counts al­most 2 000 times, search­ing e-mails and com­pany com­puter sys­tems.

Hutch­e­son was jailed for six months, while his sons were given four-month sus­pended sen­tences.

Pass­ing sen­tence at the Old Bai­ley, Judge John Be­van QC said: “The whole episode amounts to an unattrac­tive and uned­i­fy­ing ex­am­ple of dirty linen be­ing washed in pub­lic.

“By seek­ing de­lib­er­ately to get Mr Ram­say into se­ri­ous trou­ble, it demon­strates the grav­ity of what was go­ing on. These e-mails were un­sur­pris­ingly em­bar­rass­ing, dam­ag­ing and per­son­ally dis­tress­ing to Mr Ram­say.”

Ram­say, 50, once said he and his fa­ther-in-law were in­sep­a­ra­ble, and he made Hutch­e­son the chief ex­ec­u­tive of his busi­ness em­pire.

For 12 years, the pair ran his restau­rant busi­ness side by side, but in 2010 sim­mer­ing ten­sions over miss­ing money and se­rial wom­an­is­ing led to Hutch­e­son be­ing sacked – spark­ing a fam­ily feud.

Ram­say has pre­vi­ously ac­cused his one-time men­tor of plun­der­ing £1.42 mil­lion to fund a se­cret sec­ond fam­ily.

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