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TV chef's brother goes on trial
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay has spoken of the pain of his brother's addiction
The brother of television chef Gordon Ramsay has gone on trial in Bali on charges of possessing heroin.

Ronald Ramsay, 39, spat and cursed at journalists before prosecutors outlined the case alleging that he was found with 100mg of the drug in his pocket.

Mr Ramsay, who faces a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment, told officials he used heroin to combat an illness, the court was told.

Gordon Ramsay has tried to help his younger brother beat his drug problems.

Mr Ramsay's lawyer, Erwin Siregar, said: "Please ask his brother, Gordon, to contact him. He needs his help."

After the initial arrest in February, a spokeswoman for the chef confirmed representatives were flying out to the Indonesian island to help his brother.

The Scottish celebrity cook has previously spoken of how his brother's problems have affected him.

He told Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine before the arrest: "I feel the pain, I feel it big time. I don't think that my mum at 60 should still be putting up with it.

"It is hard dealing with Ronnie. He is a major responsibility. It is like having an 18-year-old to look after."


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