Man spat at Garda and said he hoped she died like her tragic colleague

May 29, 2018

A man spat in the face of a Garda after telling her he hoped she was killed in the line of duty like her tragic colleague.

Mark Fair appeared before Letterkenny District Court on alleged motoring offences.

Garda Michelle Kelly told the court that Fair was stopped by Gardai at 9.46pm on May 23rd last at Justice Walsh Road.

When stopped, Fair, aged 26, allegedly launched a tirade of abuse against the Garda.

It was alleged he said “I hope the same thing happens to you that happened to Garda Robbie McCallion.”

He then spat at Garda Kelly.

The late Garda Robbie McCallion was killed when he went to stop two men stealing a car at Tara Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on March 26th, 2009.

Garda McCallion, from Mayo, was struck by the car and died from his injuries a few days later on April 7th.

His death sent shockwaves throughout the Garda community and a special plaque to the fallen officer was erected at Letterkenny Garda station.

Fair, of Balinahone, Fahan, was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.

He was interviewed and a number of charges put to him by Garda Michelle Kelly.

He replied by launching into a number of claims that he had sex with a female Garda and that the incident had been caught on camera.

Fair then claimed that his arrest was simply out of revenge.

Judge Paul Kelly said “The first comment (re the late Garda McCallion) was utterly despicable and the others were not much better.”

Solicitor Frank Dorrian asked for disclosure in the case and requested an adjournment which Judge Kelly granted until September 24th next.



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