Indian restaurant owner charged with manslaughter after customer dies from peanut allergy

Paul Wilson died following a severe reaction to a takeaway curry

Victoria Richards
Thursday 26 March 2015 11:24
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Peanut allergies have doubled over the past few decades and affect about one per cent of the population (Getty)
Peanut allergies have doubled over the past few decades and affect about one per cent of the population (Getty)

The owner of an Indian restaurant in North Yorkshire has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of one of his customers.

Paul Wilson, 38, had a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after eating a takeaway curry made by the Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold in January last year.

Mr Wilson, a bar manager from Sheffield, who had a six-year-old son, collapsed and died in the bathroom of the Oak Tree pub where he worked in Helperby, near Thirsk.

He suffered a severe anaphylactic shock - and his death prompted a major investigation by trading standards officers into food fraud, where peanuts are used in place of almonds.

In the first case of its kind in Britain, Mohammed Khalique Zaman, 52, from York, who owns a string of award-winning outlets - including the Indian Garden - has now been charged with manslaughter by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

He has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and an employment offence under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

Mr Zaman is due to appear at Northallerton magistrates court on April 24.

Peter Mann, head of the complex casework unit at the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said there was "sufficient evidence" to bring charges against him, The Guardian reported.

Mr Wilson died before the introduction of new laws stipulating that caterers must provide allergy information on unpackaged foods.

His death was one of around ten each year in Britain due to allergies to foods like nuts.

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