Thursday 22 March 2018

'Love/Hate' actor is denied bail on €50k robbery charge

Stephen Clinch
Stephen Clinch

Andrew Phelan

A 'Love/Hate' star accused of pointing a loaded gun at a hotel employee after allegedly robbing him of more than €50,000 has been refused bail.

Stephen Clinch (49) is accused of carrying out an armed robbery at the bar with an accomplice while bags of cash were being handed over to a security man.

Both Mr Clinch and a second man alleged to have robbed the hotel worker were chased and restrained by 10 hotel employees before being arrested, Dublin District Court was told.

Mr Clinch's 'Love/Hate' co-star John Connors gave evidence on his behalf during the bail hearing yesterday.

Judge Michael Walsh refused to grant Mr Clinch bail after gardaí objected and alleged that he was "caught red-handed". The judge remanded him in custody for a week.

The prosecuting garda said Mr Clinch had an €8,000 debt and was a "desperate man in a desperate situation".

Both Mr Clinch, from Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack and a co-accused Hugh McWeeney (43), of Main Street, Belmayne, Malahide Road, Dublin 17, are charged with robbing a man 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.

Earlier, the court heard Mr McWeeney was not applying for bail and Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him in custody for a week.

Irish Independent

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