LOVE/HATE actor remanded over city centre hiest

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.

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

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.

They appeared at Cloverhill District Court today before Judge Victor Blake and both were further remanded in custody; Mr Clinch will appear again on June 3 while Mr McWeeney's next hearing will be on June 17th. 

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.