Curry house owner sentenced to six years for manslaughter of peanut allergy sufferer

24/05/2016

The owner of a curry house in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court to six years in prison following his conviction for the manslaughter of one of his customers, for allowing him to be served with a meal containing peanuts.

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "This was a truly tragic case in which Paul Wilson lost his life entirely needlessly. Mohammed Zaman caused the death of Mr Wilson by serving him a meal that he knew contained potentially lethal peanut powder.

"Zaman, who was also employing illegal workers in his takeaway, substituted almond powder with a cheaper ground nut mix, which contained peanuts. He failed to warn customers, failed to properly train his employees and failed to take any action following a previous serious allergic reaction incident and so Mr Wilson died at home from a severe allergic reaction after eating a takeaway meal from Zaman's Easingwold restaurant.

"In achieving the conviction of Zaman, the prosecution have sent a very clear message to all parts of the catering industry: there is a duty of care to the customer who they sell their food to. If they see fit to ignore their responsibilities and regulations and put their customers' lives at real risk then we will not hesitate to prosecute those who break the law in this way."