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Cabbie creep 'Peeping Tom' who behaved like 'absolute pervert' back driving cab after release from jail

The court heard he spied on a 14-year-old in her bra and peered through holes at mother on her sun lounger

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Despite his jail term Gannon is back out driving.

Despite his jail term Gannon is back out driving.

Despite his jail term Gannon is back out driving.

A "peeping Tom" who behaved like "an absolute pervert" to his neighbours was back driving a registered hackney in Galway this weekend.

Three weeks ago licensed hackney driver James Gannon was jailed for eight months after Galway District Court heard how he'd persistently harassed his neighbours and their two young daughters.

Shocking evidence was heard against the 59-year-old, including how he'd spied on the family's 14-year-old daughter in her bra as she changed her clothes.

But, on Friday evening, we snapped Gannon, back behind the wheel of his 08 registered Skoda Octavia hackney, as he exited the estate on Clybaun Road in ­Knocknacarra, where he'd ­terrorised his neighbours.

The Sunday World understands that after being sentenced on May 28, Gannon lodged an appeal and was released on bail from prison.

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After he launched his appeal Gannon was out on bail.

After he launched his appeal Gannon was out on bail.

After he launched his appeal Gannon was out on bail.

Ever since, he's has been ­spending weekdays working on his parents' farm in Mayo while returning to Galway city at the weekends.

A Driver App check shows he remains registered as the holder of an SPSV (small public services vehicle) licence in the 08 Skoda, a licence that doesn't expire until November 3 this year.

Gannon's vehicle is registered on the app as a hackney which means the conditions in which he can carry passengers are significantly different to a tax driver.

Taxis, hackneys and limousines are licenced to carry passengers, but there are differences in the types of services that they can provide.

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Gannon’s hackney licence which will not be out of date until the end of the year despite conviction.

Gannon’s hackney licence which will not be out of date until the end of the year despite conviction.

Gannon’s hackney licence which will not be out of date until the end of the year despite conviction.

Whereas taxis can be hailed down, or wait in taxi ranks for passengers - hackneys have to be pre-booked and they do not have to use a taximeter .

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Under the Taxi Regulation ­Act 2013, the gardaí can seek the ­revocation of, or object to the renewal of, Gannon's hackney licence if he is deemed to have engaged in conduct "which calls into question the holder's suitability to hold the licence".

At last month's sentenced ­hearing, the Galway District Court heard how Gannon was captured on CCTV footage leaning over his neighbour's garden wall - sometimes on a ladder - to spy on them.

The court heard that Gannon stood on a ledge and watched the neighbour's 14-year-old ­daughter changing her clothes in her bedroom.

"She was in her bra," the girl's mother Edwina Clarke said.

"This happened more than once - when she found him staring in at her."

CCTV also captured Gannon peering through holes in the ­garden wall while Edwina Clarke lay on a sun lounger.

At a lengthy contested hearing before Judge Mary Fahy, Gannon denied a single charge that on a date unknown, between June 1, 2019, and April 20, 2020, at ­Clybaun Road, Galway he ­harassed Edwina Clarke.

"He has been carrying on like an absolute pervert," Judge Fahy said as she handed down her sentence to him.

In the case, Ms Clarke gave evidence that she and her two young daughters, then aged 11 and 13, moved into their home in 2017, while her husband Andrew worked in London and came home once a week.

Speaking of Gannon, she said "He used the ledge he built (in a raised flowerbed) to watch my 14-year-old daughter changing her clothes in her bedroom.

"She was in her bra. This ­happened more than once - when she found him staring in at her," Ms Clarke told the court.

She wrote to him in 2018, asking him to stop the harassment and she even brought his now ex-wife, Teresa Gannon, into her home and pleaded with her to get him to stop.

They had even sought mediation through the gardaí but nothing worked and the harassment ­continued.

Several phone video clips, that were taken by the Clarke family from their daughters' upstairs bedroom windows, were shown to the court.

One of the video clips captured Gannon running up and down his garden, stopping to peer in through holes in the garden wall while Ms Clarke lay on a sun lounger.

Another clip caught Gannon craning his neck to look into the girls' bedroom windows from his garden.

Ms Clarke said that Gannon had built concrete steps on top of a raised flowerbed near the garden wall and was regularly captured on camera standing on it to peer into their garden and home.

She said they often heard Gannon making masturbating sounds and belching sounds in his garden. He also regularly struck objects loudly against the fence.

Gannon denied the allegations of harassment.

However, Judge Fahy put it to him that there was very clear CCTV ­evidence before the court of him acting, "like a 'Peeping Tom.' "

Gannon said he might have looked in once or twice. "There was a gap in that fence. Anyone could see in," he replied.

Convicting Gannon, Judge Fahy said: "He has been carrying on like an absolute pervert, and there's no other way of putting it.

She granted him leave to appeal the sentence, on his own surety of €800 and one independent surety of €600 with half of each to be lodged in court.

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