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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Man's handstand through sunroof as twin drove car

Greg Harkin

Published 25/02/2014|02:30

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A MAN caught doing a hand-stand through the sunroof of a car being driven by his identical twin brother has walked free from court.

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Peter and Shane Heaney appeared before Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with road traffic offences during last year's Donegal Rally.

The brothers, aged 21, were spotted by gardai carrying out the "outrageous manoeuvre" on June 22 last.

Garda Paul Kelly told the court that he was driving between Ramelton and Milford at 5.45pm at a place known as Black's Glen when he witnessed a black Ford Sierra coming towards him in the opposite direction.

"I saw a male suspended out of the sunroof. His head was in the car and the rest of his body from the chest up was out of it.

"He was doing a handstand while in the vehicle," said Gda Kelly.

The car was stopped and both men were arrested and taken to Milford garda station.

Driver Peter Heaney of Rocky Rover Drive, Carrownagonnagh, Milford, was charged with dangerous driving.

His brother Shane, of the same address, was later interviewed and charged with getting into a vehicle while it was moving.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian argued that there was no proof that his client Shane Heaney had entered the car while it was moving, in that half of his body was inside the vehicle – and the other half outside.

DISMISSED

He said the twin could only be guilty if it were proved that his whole body had entered the car through the sunroof while it was moving, which didn't happen.

Judge Paul Kelly considered the claim and agreed the proof was not there and dismissed the charge.

The case against Peter Heaney was adjourned until next Monday.

Irish Independent

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