Jilted lover of Bupa chief ’s part­ner guilty of smear cam­paign

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bupa UK nearly lost his job when a banker, who had a one-night stand with his part­ner, waged a smear cam­paign against him, a court was told.

Paul Blight tried to de­stroy the ca­reer of David Hy­nam af­ter be­ing spurned by Mr Hy­nam’s long-term boyfriend fol­low­ing the one-off tryst.

Poole Mag­is­trates’ Court heard the 41-year-old, who worked for bank­ing gi­ant JP Mor­gan, sent a ma­li­cious let­ter to the board of di­rec­tors of the health­care group falsely ac­cus­ing Mr Hy­nam of a pro­longed ho­mo­pho­bic hate cam­paign against him.

Mr Hy­nam, who has an “ex­tremely high pro­file role” at Bupa, was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at work and faced los­ing his job over the mat­ter.

Blight in­vented the al­le­ga­tions af­ter be­ing spurned by Ross Levine with whom who he had a one-night stand in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

He wanted to carry on the af­fair but Mr Levine told him he wasn’t in­ter­ested as he had been with My Hy­nam for nine years.

Mag­is­trates heard that when Blight bom­barded Mr Levine with tele­phone calls and text mes­sages, the vic­tim blocked him.

But while he was away on a break in De­cem­ber 2016, Blight hand-de­liv­ered a let­ter to the house of Mr Levine’s mother.

Mr Levine did not hear from Blight again un­til April this year when he re­ceived an email which said “Call me or come and see me. I do not ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing at­tacked by you and your fam­ily for over 300 days”. Mr Levine had no idea what Blight was talking about and blocked that email ad­dress. But nearly two weeks later, Mr Hy­nam was called out of a meet­ing at work by the de­part­ment that han­dles com­plaints and told se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions had been made against him.

Blight claimed in a let­ter that the hate crime had been go­ing on for 320 days. Prose­cu­tor Jen­nie Hop­son-hill said: “On April 12, he sent a let­ter to Bupa stat­ing Mr Hy­nam was in­volved in a ho­mo­pho­bic and dis­crim­i­na­tion hate crime against him. The let­ter had a ca­reer threat­en­ing im­pact on Mr Hy­nam due to the very high-pro­file role he held. He was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at one point as well but it didn’t go ahead.”

Blight was found guilty of ha­rass­ment of Mr Levine over a four-month pe­riod and send­ing a let­ter con­vey­ing false in­for­ma­tion about Mr Hy­nam.

He was given a four-month prison sen­tence sus­pended for 12 months and or­dered to carry out 150 hours of un­paid work and pay £735 costs.

He also re­ceived a two-year re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning him from con­tact­ing ei­ther Mr Levine or Mr Hy­nam, or go­ing to their home in Bournemouth.

Blight, who rep­re­sented him­self dur­ing the hear­ing, said he planned to ap­peal.

David Hy­nam, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bupa, who was ha­rassed by a banker who had a fling with his part­ner

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