By Anne Barker.
An Indian restaurant owner in Britain has been jailed for the manslaughter of a customer who died from anaphylactic shock after eating one of his curries.
Paul Wilson, 38, who was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy as a child and knew the dangers of ingesting even the tiniest amount of peanuts, ordered a takeaway chicken marsala from Mohammed Zaman’s North Yorkshire restaurant two years ago and specifically asked for no nuts.
But the chicken marsala he was given was cooked with a groundnut mix containing peanuts.
He went into anaphylactic shock and was found slumped in his bathroom that night. He died a short time later.
“The worst thing about it is the needlessness of his death,” he said.
“Perhaps it could have been avoided, and he could still be with us today.”
Zaman was found guilty of Mr Wilson’s manslaughter and sentenced to six years’ jail.
Prosecutors said the sentence was a lesson to all those in the catering industry that they have a duty of care to their customers.
Teenager also hospitalised after eating ‘nut-free’ curry.
The sentencing judge took into account that it was not the first time Zaman had endangered a customer’s life.
Ruby Scott, 17, had a similar reaction after eating from another of Zaman’s six restaurants, just three weeks before Mr Wilson’s death.
She also ordered a takeaway meal without nuts.
“My throat started to swell and I started getting very panicky, couldn’t really breath properly,” Ruby said.
“My friend’s dad rushed me to hospital and my mum was meeting us there and she didn’t recognise me at first, because I was all covered in hives and like purple by this point.”