Monday 18 December 2017

Love/Hate star released on bail after 'pointing loaded gun at hotel worker and robbing €50k', court hears

Stephen Clinch
Stephen Clinch

Andrew Phelan

A LOVE/HATE star accused of pointing a loaded gun at a hotel worker after allegedly robbing him of more than €50,000 is now out on bail, a court heard.

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

He had been refused bail at Dublin District Court last May. However, a judge was told today he has since been granted bail at the High Court.

His case was adjourned for another week when he appeared in the District Court.

Mr Clinch from Millbrook Grove, Kilbarrack, who played "Noely" in the hit RTE series, is charged with robbery at The Gate Hotel, Parnell Street on May 11.

He is also charged with possession of a firearm.

Defence solicitor Jenny McGeever told Judge Grainne O’Neill the case was due for the service of a book of evidence so Mr Clinch could be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The book was available, but she said the person standing as independent surety for Mr Clinch’s bail was not present, as required.

“We didn’t anticipate the book being here today,” Ms McGeever said.

Judge O’Neill granted the adjournment.

A co-accused, Hugh McWeeney (43), of Main Street, Belmayne, Malahide Road, is currently before the courts on the same charges.

Previously, Garda Niall McCormack said it was alleged a security guard had arrived at the hotel at 8.15am to collect cash.

Gda McCormack said as the security guard was handed two bags of money he was “intercepted by two males in high visibility clothing, hats and white dust masks”.

It was alleged a handgun was put to the head of the security guard and some €50,730 was taken.

The court heard it was alleged two raiders exited via a fire escape but were pursued by one of the hotel workers and Mr Clinch pointed the gun at him.

According to the prosecution, the two raiders made their way through a beer garden leading to Cathal Brugha St.

They were then confronted by 10 staff members and held until gardai got there.

Gda McCormack said the gun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol  was allegedly removed from Mr Clinch and that it contained four bullets.

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