Wednesday 7 December 2016

Love/Hate actor charged with carrying out a €50,000 armed robbery at Dublin bar

By Andrew Phelan

Published 13/05/2015 | 13:47

Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch
Stephen 'Clinchy' Clinch

A LOVE/HATE actor has been charged with carrying out a €50,000 armed robbery at a Dublin bar.

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Stephen Clinch (49) and another man, Hugh McWeeney (43) were brought before Dublin District Court today after they were arrested following an alleged raid on a bar in a hotel in the north inner city.

Mr Clinch and Mr McWeeney are both charged with robbery and possession of a firearm.

Gardai are objecting to bail in Mr Clinch’s case, and Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned a bail hearing to later this afternoon.

Mr McWeeney did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody for a week.

Mr Clinch’s Love/Hate character was depicted taking part in a savage jail assault in which a pool cue was used to attack Fran in the final episode of the RTE series.

Mr Clinch also featured in a TV3 documentary series about his own locality 'Darndale: The Edge of Town'.

Both Mr Clinch, from Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack and Mr McWeeney, of Main Street, Belmayne, Malahide Road, Dublin 17 are charged with robbery of €50,730 at The Gate Hotel, Parnell Street on Monday morning.

They are also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit a robbery.

The charges are under the Theft and Fraud and Firearms Acts.

The defendants had been detained at Store Street Garda Station since their arrest.

Today, Garda Niall McCormack gave evidence that he arrested Mr Clinch for the purpose of charge at 1.01am this morning at Store Street Station, where he was charged at 2.25am. He was given a copy of the charge sheets and made no reply after caution.

Garda McCormack said he would be objecting to bail and Mr Clinch’s solicitor Jenny McGeever told the judge she would be making a bail application.

Judge Halpin adjourned the case to later this afternoon. Mr Clinch, wearing a white t-shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners remained silent throughout the brief proceedings.

Earlier, Garda Denise Bowes told the court she arreted Mr McWeeney for the purpose of charge at Store Street Garda Station at 11.11am this morning.

He was charged at 2.19am and he also made no reply after caution to either charge.

Garda Bowes told Judge Halpin that the DPP’s directions were not available yet. Mr McWeeney was not making any bail application, his solicitor Noelle Kenny said.

Judge Halpin remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on May 20.

He granted free legal aid after Ms Kenny said Mr McWeeney was in receipt of social welfare and handed a statement of his financial means into court.

Mr McWeeney, wearing a navy sweater, dark blue jeans and white runners, did not address the court.

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