Man phoned gardaí from Australia and threatened to rape and kill a number of officers

A man telephoned gardaí from Australia and threatened to rape and kill a number of them and their children and then mocked their dead colleague killed in the line of duty.

Man phoned gardaí from Australia and threatened to rape and kill a number of officers

A man telephoned gardaí from Australia and threatened to rape and kill a number of them and their children and then mocked their dead colleague killed in the line of duty.

Twisted Mark Fair had skipped bail in Ireland and had travelled to Australia to work.

However, over a period of around seventeen days in January 2015, he bombarded Buncrana Garda Station in Co Donegal with a series of obscene phonecalls.

Officers could tell it was Fair as they had dealt with him before but he continued to make threats against them and their families.

The now 28-year-old appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of eleven counts of making threats to kill, threats to damage property and also making grossly offensive phonecalls.

The calls were made to Garda Una Cunningham, Garda Grainne McLoone, Elaine Moyles, Lorraine Crawford and Sgt Carol Doherty.

Details of the shocking calls made by Fair, of Ballinahone, Fahan, were read out in court.

Fair first began his rant of abusive phonecalls on January 10 when he called Garda Elaine Moyles.

He recognised her voice and told her he was going to shoot her in the back of the head and also kill her husband.

He also asked how Gary McLoughlin was and said he was going to land at Buncrana Garda station and pull the plaque off the wall which was dedicated to Gary.

The former Garda McLoughlin, aged just 24, was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal in December 2009.

Fair called the garda station at a later date and spoke to Garda Grainne McLoone and said he was going to rape her and her children and that he hoped her mother died of cancer.

He pretended his name was Martin McDermott, a man charged in connection with the death of the late Garda McLoughlin.

On January 12, Fair called the station again and told Garda Lorraine Crawford that he would bend her over and ride her before going on to say he would rape her son and sister "just for sport."

On another date he called the station and asked Garda Sgt Carol Doherty if Garda McLoughlin was there which caused her great upset.

And on January 27, Fair called the station again and he spoke to Garda Una Cunningham.

He said he would show her his cock in court and that he was going to rape her dog.

He asked Garda Cunningham if she wanted to suck his cock and that he was going to raise Garda Gary McLoughlin from the dead.

A victim impact statement on behalf of all the gardaí who received abusive calls from Fair was compiled by Sgt Carol Doherty and was handed into Judge John Aylmer but not read in open court.

As well as the litany of abusive phonecalls and threats, Fair also pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making gain or causing deception using Donedeal.

Over a two month period from February to March in 2018, Fair placed fraudulent adverts on the free ads website and also replied to adverts.

Among the items he advertised or responded to as having for sale was tickets for the Champions League Final, iPhones, tractor parts, gearboxes and car bumpers.

However, when the cash for the items sent to various accounts belonging to Fair, the goods were never forwarded on.

In total Fair admitted defrauding people from across the country out of more than €3,000.

When arrested Fair admitted that he used a 'fraud phone'.

He apologised to all those he had defrauded money from and said he had already compensated two of the victims.

Barrister for Fair, who had 36 previous convictions, Mr Peter Nolan said there was simply no explanation for what he had done.

He revealed how he was from a respectable farming family and that his six siblings, three brothers and three sisters, had never been in trouble with the law.

He said that when he was making the phonecalls from Australia his client was drunk and was in the company of other young men from the Buncrana area of Donegal.

Fair got into the witness box and apologised to the female garda and said he never planned to carry out any of his threats.

He added "I don't remember making them (the threats) I was so drunk. I thought it was funny at the time but it's not funny now.

I'd like to apologise to all the Gardaí aa nothing I said was true and it wasn't going to be carried out.

Barrister Peter Nolan said his client was a fantasist and claims that he was living the high life in hotels such as the Gresham in Dublin for the proceeds of his crime were not true.

He said his client was now in custody for seven months and that he was a model prison in the prison and was working in the kitchen.

Fair's mother was also in court but said she did not want to address the court.

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday when he will sentence Fair.

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