Cian Healy avoids conviction over tinted windows on 4X4
RUGBY star Cian Healy has been spared a conviction for having unsafe tinted windows on his Land Rover Defender after he donated €200 to charity.
The Ireland and Leinster prop had pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court last month to breaking road traffic regulations by having dark glass fitted on his distinctive 4X4.
However, Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain had ordered that he would be spared a criminal conviction and a fine if he donated €200 to Temple Street Children's Hospital. The case was adjourned until yesterday but Mr Healy had been excused from attending.
His lawyer provided the court with a receipt to show the money had been donated and the case was struck out.
The prosecution arose after Mr Healy was stopped by a traffic garda at about 3pm on the Malahide Road, Dublin on February 23, 2013.
The court heard that he was stopped driving because a garda "could not see into the vehicle".
The traffic garda who pulled Mr Healy over, "could not see if it was a male or a female driving because the windows were blacked out".
Judge Ni Chulachain heard that when windows on the rugby star's '12-reg Land Rover were tested it was found that both the driver's side front window and the front passenger windows were 80pc tinted.
Regulations say they cannot be more than 30pc tinted, the court was told.
Mr Staunton BL had asked the court to note that Mr Healy, from Howth Road, Killester, Dublin, rectified the problem on the spot and the tinting was taken off in the presence of the garda.
Counsel said the rugby star had put the tinting on his car windows for "cosmetic reasons" and he asked the court to note Mr Healy's previous good character, that he pleaded guilty and has no prior criminal convictions.
He now realises there are laws in respect tinted windows, the judge was told.