The one thing he didn't want to happen.
BLM accidentally provided a pedophile with confidential videos of a child, then had him declared in contempt of court after he refused to prove that he had deleted them.
Police in Kent broke into Daryll Taylor’s home under a search warrant in 2020 where they found indecent images of children, leading to his conviction and a nine month prison sentence.
However, Taylor sued the Chief Constable of Kent for damage to his door, and the force turned to BLM to defend the claim.
The firm, which is now part of Clyde & Co, was also acting for the Chief Constable in a separate claim which had been brought by a minor in relation to his arrest and search by Kent officers.
Taylor’s claim was struck out, but not before BLM made an unfortunate mistake during the disclosure phase.
Having given Taylor access to an online file-sharing tool, Collaborate, so he could see footage of the police entering his property, “for technical reasons which are not clear” the firm inadvertently also granted him access to videos of the child in the other case which depicted the youth’s arrest, search and interview.
Taylor emailed a BLM employee via Collaborate to let them know, stating, “I Daryll Taylor stil [sic] have access to your uploads despite them having no relation to me. This is a serious privacy violation. Contact your IT to fix this. Technical illitracy [sic] is no excuse, do not let this happen again”.
However, when BLM asked him to delete the videos which he had downloaded he refused to cooperate. Instead Taylor sent “what can fairly be described as somewhat bizarre responses including demands for monetary payment of several thousand pounds”, the court heard.
Taylor ignored court orders to delete the videos and permit IT experts to inspect his devices and when BLM pressed him to comply, he emailed the firm a curt response: “Fuck off and die”.
A second attempt elicited a longer, but no more helpful, reply: “Fuck you, fuck your company, fuck the courts and fuck London I hope you all die Souless [sic] drones Yours sincerely Daryll Taylor”
BLM’s third try earned a one word email: “Die”.
Clyde & Co, which had by that time taken over BLM, fared little better when it took a shot at the problem. “Do not contact me again, and die in the most painful way possible you filthy parasite”, Taylor responded.
Police seized various hard drives, a phone and a tablet from Taylor in the summer, but he still refused to grant the firm permission to check them.
He was also a no-show for the hearing at which he was found in contempt, although he has been ordered to appear for sentencing.
Clyde & Co declined to comment on the bleak comet trail left by its acquisition.
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