Love/Hate actor remanded in custody after being charged with €50,000 robbery

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
A gun was allegedly put to the head of security worker during the robbery
A gun was allegedly put to the head of security worker during the robbery

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 remanded in custody.

Stephen Clinch, 49, who was cast as recurring character “Noely” in the hit RTE series, and his co-defendant Hugh McWeeney, had been initially held in prison on remand last month.

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.

Both men appeared again at Cloverhill District Court today before Judge Victor Blake and were further remanded in custody.

Mr Clinch will appear again on July 1 while his co-defendant's next hearing will take place on July 15.

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.