‘Love/Hate’ actor bailed pending trial over armed robbery charge

Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch has been granted bail pending his trial over a €50,000 armed robbery at a hotel in Dublin city centre.

‘Love/Hate’ actor bailed pending trial over armed robbery charge

Mr Clinch, aged 49, who played “Noely” in the RTÉ series, and a second man, had been initially held in custody on remand in May.

Mr Clinch, of 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 St on the morning of May 11 last.

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 it was claimed Mr Clinch later pointed the gun at another employee who gave chase.

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 yesterday when Judge Gráinne O’Neill heard that the prosecution’s book of evidence had been completed and was ready to be served on Mr Clinch.

However, defence solicitor Jenny McGeever asked for a one-week adjournment because the independent surety, the person who has stood bail for Mr Clinch, needed to be present.

Ms McGeever confirmed Mr Clinch has taken up bail but she said it had not been anticipated that the book of evidence would be ready by yesterday.

Mr Clinch, who was wearing a yellow and navy striped polo shirt and blue jeans, was remanded on bail. The actor, who has not yet entered a plea, was ordered to appear again next week when it is expected he will be served with the book of evidence and returned for trial to the circuit court.

In his fictional role in Love/Hate, Mr 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.

His co-accused, Hugh McWeeney, aged 43, from from Main St, Belmayne, Malahide Rd, Dublin 17, is currently before the courts.

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