Domestic abuse victim hounded by cop who should have been investigating her ex

A mum claims her abusive ex-boyfriend escaped justice after a police officer started harassing her.

The 37-year-old went to Police Scotland to report her former partner for threatening to kidnap her daughter.

Police Constable David Taylor, 37, was put on the case but started pestering her.

He was jailed for 14 months earlier this month after being convicted of hounding her and two other women.

Police Constable David Taylor targeted women he met while working for Police Scotland.
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Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard he sent indecent messages, naked pictures and videos of himself in the shower.

But the mum-of-one has claimed nothing was ever done about her ex’s domestic abuse because Taylor began bombarding her with vile messages instead of investigating her crime report.

She said evidence they need to secure a conviction is on the same phone police seized during their probe into Taylor.

Taylor was convicted at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.
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Police Scotland has refused to reveal what happened to the investigation as call were made for the force to give an explanation.

The woman said: “I reported an incident relating to an ex.

“The process of reporting, giving statements and showing what proof I had was smooth, I had confidence the matter would be dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

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“But inquiries into my ex then hit dead walls. I would send PC Taylor information of the constant harassment yet nothing ever happened.

“I was later told this was his way of making sure there was contact by not doing his job properly.

“My original complaint wasn’t professionally dealt with. Nothing happened with it and that was Taylor’s fault.

Russell Findlay has called for transparency from Police Scotland.
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“I have everything on my phone but the police still have it.”

Scottish Conservative shadow community safety minister Russell Findlay has called on Police Scotland to give the woman answers.

He said: “It’s reassuring that this predatory police officer was brought to justice for abusing his uniform to target women.

“But his conviction should not come at the expense of at least one victim’s initial complaint of domestic crime.

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“I hope Police Scotland will provide a full explanation about why this happened and be honest about the chance of this investigation being revived.”

Police Scotland criticised Taylor, previously of Glasgow and most recently of East Kilbride, for his crimes.

Chief Superintendent Andrew McDowall said: “The conduct of David Taylor was appalling.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have nothing further to add to our statement.”

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