LOVE/HATE actor charged with armed robbery further held on remand

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Stephen Clinch
Stephen Clinch

LOVE/HATE actor Stephen Clinch, who has been charged over a €50,000 armed robbery at a hotel in Dublin city-centre, has been further held in custody.

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.

Mr Clinch, with an address at Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack, Dublin and his co-accused Hugh McWeeney, 43, from from Main St, Belmayne, Malahide Rd, Dublin 17, are charged with robbery of €50,730 and possessing a firearm with intent to use in a robbery at the Gate Hotel on Parnell Street on the morning of May 11th.

Mr Clinch appeared again at Cloverhill District Court today before Judge Victor Blake and was further remanded in custody.

Mr Clinch will appear again on June 17 next when his co-defendant will also be before the court.

In his fictional role in Love/Hate Clinch, who is on social welfare, 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.