Love/Hate actor back in court over alleged armed robbery

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Stephen Clinch
Stephen Clinch

Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch will be served with the book of evidence next week for his trial over a €50,000 armed robbery at a hotel in Dublin city-centre.

Stephen Clinch, 49, who played recurring character “Noely” in the hit RTE series, and a second man had been initially held in custody on remand in May.

Mr Clinch, with an address at Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack, Dublin and his co-defendant are charged with robbery of €50,730 and possessing a firearm at the Gate Hotel on Parnell Street on the morning of May 11th.

Dublin District Court had heard that a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol was allegedly put to the head of a security worker collecting cash and that it was claimed Mr Clinch later pointed the gun at another employee who gave chase. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

He had been initially refused bail and had been held in custody on remand however he has since had bail granted by the High Court.

He appeared again at Dublin District Court today when Judge Anthony Halpin was told by defence solicitor Jenny McGeever that the prosecution's book of evidence in the case had been completed and was ready to be served on Mr Clinch.

However, the independent surety, the person who has stood bail for Clinch, needed to be present before the defendant can be returned for trial to the circuit court.

Judge Halpin heard that Clinch's independent surety is out of the country and will be returning at the weekend. He ordered the actor, who was wearing a green T-shirt, jeans and blue runners, to appear again on Monday when it is expected he will be served with the evidence and sent forward for trial.

In his fictional role in Love/Hate, Clinch was infamously involved in a savage prison attack 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.

A second man has also been charged in connection with the alleged robbery and is currently before the courts.