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Man uses his dead twin’s license to trick police

AN ARALUEN man who used his deceased twin brother's driver's license as identification when stopped by police was caught the second time he attempted the ruse.

Gympie Magistrates Court Tuesday heard Raymond George Hillcoat, 65, was first pulled up by police on May 29 last year at 9.10am on Nudgee Rd, Nudgee, in his Yellow Mazda Sedan.

Hillcoat produced his deceased twin brother's licence and was given a notice for a safe but otherwise defective vehicle.

The trick came to light on September 16 last year when Hillcoat again produced his brother's licence when stopped by police. While police were completing charges at a later time, the identity dishonesty came to light.

On September 24 police attended Hillcoat's address where full admissions were made on the licence swindle.

Hillcoat ended up in court charged two counts of obstructing a police officer, two counts of driving unlicensed, driving a safe but otherwise vehicle and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and was disqualified from driving for a total of four and a half years, given two months jail suspended for two years, convicted but not further punished for the defective notice, fined $792 and sentenced to two months jail with parole set for February 4, 2014.

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