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LOVE/HATE actor appears in court charged in connection with raid on Dublin venue

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
LOVE/HATE actor appears in court charged in connection with raid on Dublin venue

LOVE/HATE actor Stephen Clinch (49) and another man appeared in court this morning charged in connection with the attempted robbery of the Gate Hotel on Parnell Street.

Clinch who was cast as recurring character “Noely” in the hit series appeared at Dublin District Court following his arrest in connection with a raid at city-centre venue on Monday morning.

Stephen Clinch

He and his co-accused Hugh McWeeney, 43, were brought before Judge Anthony Halpin charged with robbery of €50,750 and possessing a firearm with intent to use in a robbery at the Gate Hotel on Parnell Street.

Clinch, with an address at Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack, Dublin will face a bail hearing later this evening .

In his fictional role in Love/Hate he was infamously involved in a savage prison incident using a pool cue to attack Fran in the series finale.

He also appeared in Darndale: The Edge of Town, a TV3 documentary series about life in the north Dublin suburb.

Garda Niall McCormack, of Store Street Station, told the court that Mr Clinch made no reply when the charges were put to him. Dressed in a white T-shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners, the actor remained seated as Garda McCormack said he intended to object to bail.

Defence solicitor Jenny McGeever confirmed in court that bail was being sought and she added that four witnesses will be called. The case resumes this evening.

Gda Denise Bowes told the court that the co-defendant, Mr McWeeney, had no reply when the charges were put to him at Store Street station in the early hours of yesterday this morning.

Dressed in a navy sweater, dark blue jeans and white runners, Mr McWeeney, from Main St, Belmayne, Malahide Rd, Dublin 17, did not address the court. His solicitor Noelle Kenny said he was not applying for bail.

Legal aid was granted after the court heard Mr McWeeney is in receipt of social welfare.

A file is also being prepared for the DPP, the court was told