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Stalker who told of RTE star rape fantasy is jailed

a STALKER who fantasised about raping TV stars and their children has been jailed.

Mark Mulligan (39) took part in online chats with another man where he made sexually explicit references to RTE and TV3 "celebrities".

He was yesterday jailed for three and a half years after he admitted stalking a woman and later talking about raping her young son.

Mulligan, of Railway Road, Clongriffin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassment of a named woman in Dublin on dates between 2008 and 2012.

He also admitted possessing child pornography at his home on July 7, 2013.

He had pleaded not guilty to a third charge of producing child pornography at his home on dates between March 1 and March 17, 2013. Last month, a jury found him guilty.

Mulligan told gardai he had developed a fantasy world for himself because he was lonely, and that this led on to online conversations with another man in which he discussed raping and torturing children.

Judge Patricia Ryan said the harassment had taken place over a considerable period of time and had involved texts and emails late at night.

She suspended the last year of a four and a half year prison sentence.

She ordered Mulligan to stay away from the victim, her extended family and friends for 30 years.

The judge ordered Mulligan to comply with probation services for 18 months post release, and engage with rehabilitation or treatment as directed.

Mulligan took part in sick online conversations in which he made sexually explicit references to RTE and TV3 reporters and "celebrities" and their children.

Gardai discovered transcripts of these "chats" during a search of Mulligan's home as part of a separate investigation into the harassment case.

In that case, Mulligan sent the first victim a threatening text message and an image of a dismembered doll as part of his "rape fantasy".

Last July, he received a prison sentence of four years with one suspended for harassing and threatening to kill that victim on dates between August 2012 and July 2013.


Mulligan's own barrister described his client's online text conversation as a "disgusting fantasy conversation".

Mulligan had said he would "love to rape" the three-year-old son of a woman he knew, because she "p***ed him off".

When the other man said, "Let's snatch him," Mulligan replied, "Mmmm make him watch us kill his Mum and Dad and then kill him".

He later told gardai that the conversations were all just "sick fantasies".

The female victim had complained to gardai in 2008 about Mulligan's harassment of her via text messages and emails.

In 2009, he set up a fake account on the Bebo website under the name of the woman's friend and contacted her from this.

In 2012, a third party contacted the victim after he saw her photographs used on a fake Facebook account, under a different name.

In a victim impact report, the woman said she was deeply upset and traumatised by Mulligan's harassment and had to move house.

Garnet Orange SC, defending, said his client had engaged in ongoing and deeply unpleasant stalking of the victim but has since expressed regret.

The sentence was backdated to July 7, 2013.