Feb 24 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A TAXI driver repeatedly made comments about a little girl’s breasts because he thought it was funny.
But John Gemmell was not laughing when he was placed on the sex offender’s register and ordered to carry out probation.
The 43-year-old was found guilty of making comments of a sexual nature to two girls over a five year period.
The sick comments started when the schoolgirls were aged just 11 and 12.
Gemmell is no stranger to controversy. He was sacked from his job as a taxi driver after he started arelationship with a 16-year-old that he used to drive to school.
The young woman had been driven by Gemmell since she was 14. She moved into the home Gemmell used to share with his estranged wife weeks after she turned 16.
Details of the relationship were revealed during his trial at Ayr Sheriff Court.
Sentence had been deferred on Gemmell, of Hillpark in Mossblown, for background reports.
During an interview with social workers, warped Gemmell said he thought the comments he made to the little girls were funny.
At his sentencing hearing, Sheriff Jack McGowan gave Gemmell a dressing down.
He blasted: “It’s not unusual for sex offenders’ to be in total denial.
“It was a joke? You made comments about a girl’s breasts over a number of years but it was a joke?
“I take it you’re not laughing now – it was far from funny.
“I don’t know where people like you fit in a civilised society when you think it’s ok to behave like that. It’s pathetic and sad.
“Now I have to appoint someone to talk to you and teach you why it’s not acceptable.”
Sheriff McGowan asked Gemmell if he was willing to carry out probation.
He replied: “Yes.”
And Sheriff McGowan said: “Well remember you said that because if you don’t you can go to custody.”