Background

OCS Group UK (OCS) sued Mr Dadi for sending confidential information belonging to OCS to his personal email. OCS obtained an order from the High Court against Mr Dadi, prohibiting him from making use of any that confidential information, disclosing the existence of the order to anyone and requiring him to preserve all documents pending trial. The order stated that any breach of the order would be a contempt of court that could result in imprisonment.

Despite the order, Mr Dadi deleted 8,000 emails from his personal email and informed various individuals about the order. After speaking to a lawyer, he was advised to admit what he has done to the court, which he did.

Decision

The court found that Mr Dadi’s actions had been “deliberate and contumacious”. Mr Dadi was sentenced to six weeks in prison for contempt of court, with the judge stating that "the system will not work if people think they can ignore court orders and destroy evidence. Those who do so can expect terms of imprisonment".

Comment

The case shows the clear need to heed the Court’s warnings about penal consequences as contempt of court will not be taken lightly.