Love/Hate's Noley sent for trial accused of taking part in hotel heist

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Stephen Clinch,
Stephen Clinch,

LOVE/HATE star Stephen Clinch has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial over a €50,000 armed robbery at a hotel in Dublin city-centre.

Actor 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 following an alleged raid but has been granted bail pending his trial.

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.

The court has heard that ten hotel workers pursued and disarmed Mr Clinch before restraining him and an alleged accomplice until gardai arrived.

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 before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court today and was served with a book of evidence. Judge Halpin then made an order sending him forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on October 16th.

The actor, who was not yet entered a plea, remains on bail with conditions that he must carry a mobile phone, obey a 12pm to 7am curfew, sign-on daily at his local garda station and not associate with a co-accused except for legal  consultations.

Mr Clinch's case had been adjourned to today for the independent surety, the person who has stood bail for him, to be present when he was being returned for trial to the circuit court.

In his 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.

At an earlier stage in the proceedings, Dublin District Court was told told Clinch had recently been offered a lead role in a film about clerical abuse which has been commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The court was also told and there was another lead part lined up for him for him in a production which will also star singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey and mixed martial fighter Conor McGregor.

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