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Monday 5 December 2016

Love/Hate star accused of pointing gun at hotel employee given five more days before trial

Stephen Clinch who starred as Noely in Love/Hate pictured leaving court
Stephen Clinch who starred as Noely in Love/Hate pictured leaving court
Stephen Clinch

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 given another five days before he is sent for trial.

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.

A book of evidence was ready to be served on him at Dublin District Court today.

However, the court heard the person standing surety for his bail is out of the country.

Judge Anthony Halpin extended the time required for service of the book of evidence and adjourned the case to next Monday.

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.

The court heard today the book of evidence was available, but defence solicitor Jenny McGeever said the surety would not be back in Ireland until Saturday.

Judge Halpin remanded Mr Clinch on continuing bail, with no objection by the prosecution.

The accused, wearing a green football jersey, navy jeans and blue runners, did not address the court.

It was the second time the case had been adjourned because of the absence of his surety, who is required to be present before Mr Clinch goes for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

After his arrest in May, Mr Clinch was refused bail in the District Court but was later granted bail in the High Court.

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

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

It was alleged a 9mm semi-automatic handgun was put to the head of the security guard and some €50,730 was robbed.

The court heard it was alleged two raiders exited via a fire escape but were pursued by one of the hotel workers and 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 was allegedly removed from Mr Clinch and that it contained four bullets.

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

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