Friday 17th May 2019
Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, the takeaway boss found guilty of manslaughter following the death of 15 year old Megan Lee, has won an appeal against his conviction.
After eating takeaway food containing peanuts from the Royal Spice Indian in Hyndburn, Lancashire on Friday 30th December 2016, Megan Lee began experiencing a severe allergic reaction. She was later admitted to Royal Blackburn Hospital but sadly passed away on Sunday 1st January 2017.
Mohammed Abdul Kuddus was given a two-year jail sentence in November 2018, but Court of Appeal judges quashed his “unsafe” conviction on Thursday 16th May 2019.
Anaphylaxis Campaign Chief Executive Lynne Regent says: “We are shocked at this decision, and our thoughts go out to Megan’s family during this difficult time. We will continue to work with the food industry to highlight how vital it is that people living with severe allergies are provided with food that is safe for them to eat. It is extremely important that food companies learn from this tragic incident and the implications of getting it wrong”.
Sir Brian Leveson, announcing the decision yesterday, said Megan’s order, including the comment about nuts and prawns to highlight her allergies, was seen by takeaway manager Harun Rashid but not passed on to Kuddus. He said: “He knew nothing of the allergy which she had declared. In those circumstances, the conviction for gross negligence manslaughter cannot stand”.
But, he also went on to say: “There is now a general awareness of the potential risks to those who suffer from allergies and, as a result, it should be understood that the courts will rigorously scrutinise the way in which restaurants discharge the duty of care that they owe such customers”.
For more information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-48300528
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