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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rugby ace Cian Healy ordered to give €200 to charity over tinted windows on car

Ireland and Leinster Rugby Star, Cian Healy pictured leaving the Bridewell District Court in Dublin
Ireland and Leinster Rugby Star, Cian Healy pictured leaving the Bridewell District Court in Dublin

a JUDGE has ruled that dark-tinted windows on Cian Healy's all-terrain Land Rover were unsafe.

The Ireland and Leinster prop had to come to Dublin District Court after receiving summonses, including one for breaking road traffic regulations by having dark glass fitted on his distinctive '12-reg Land Rover Defender.

However, he will be spared a criminal conviction and a fine if he donates €200 to charity, Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain ordered yesterday.

The prosecution came after Mr Healy was stopped by a traffic garda at the Malahide Road, Dublin on February 23, 2013. The 27-year-old was pleading guilty, his counsel David Staunton told Judge Ni Chulachain.

The court heard that on the afternoon of February 23, 2013, Mr Healy 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 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.

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Mr Staunton BL asked the court to note that Healy, from Howth Road, Killester, Dublin, rectified the problem on the spot and the tinting was taken off in the presence of the garda.

Judge Ni Chulachain held that he must donate €200 to a good cause and she asked Healy if he would like to nominate a suitable charity, including a sporting one. Healy chose Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Judge Ni Chulachain gave him until May 15 to pay the money and excused him from having to attend on the next date saying a receipt could be handed in to the court.

She said that if it is paid she will strike out the case, which will spare him a conviction.

She also warned him that if the money is not donated by then he will be convicted and given a €200 fine which would have to be paid within three months otherwise he would be jailed for four days in default.

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