UK restaurant owner jailed over allergy death
An Indian restaurant owner has been convicted of killing a customer with a nut allergy and sentenced to six years in jail.
Mohammed Zaman, 53, was convicted of 38-year-old Paul Wilson’s manslaughter following a trial at Teesside Crown Court.
The case is thought to be a legal first which sets a precedent for food suppliers.
Mr Wilson, meticulous about his condition, had asked for a chicken tikka masala with ‘no nuts’ but his curry was cooked with a groundnut mix containing peanuts.
The prosecution alleged Zaman, said to have almost STG300,000 ($A602,712.20) in business debts, switched from almond powder to the cheaper ingredient to cut costs.