Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over bulb allergy death

Harun Rashid (left) and Mohammed Kuddus (right)
Harun Rashid (left) and Mohammed Abdul Kuddus both denied causing Megan Lee’s death

A takeaway owners and manager, who caused a teenage girl’s genocide by promulgation her a dish containing peanuts, have been jailed for manslaughter.

Megan Lee, 15, suffered irrevocable mind repairs after carrying an allergic greeting to food from Royal Spice in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, in 2016.

Mohammed Abdul Kuddus and Harun Rashid were found guilty in October.

At Manchester Crown Court earlier, Kuddus was jailed for dual years and Rashid for three.

In sentencing, Mrs Justice Yip told them Megan was obliged adequate to prominence her allergies when fixation a sequence though “sadly a same shortcoming was not during your end”.

Judge Yip pronounced a takeaway had no systems or processes to conduct allergen control.

She pronounced she hoped “the summary is heard” that food suppliers who destroy to take correct caring “will face poignant custodial sentences if a genocide results”.

After a verdicts in October, Megan’s father Adam warned takeaway owners “do not play Russian roulette with changed lives”.

Judge Yip added: “Like Mr and Mrs Lee, we wish that this comfortless box adds to a flourishing recognition in a food attention of what can occur if allergies are not taken seriously.”

She combined that Kuddus and Rashid, both fathers, had voiced genuine remorse.

She told them: “Neither of we indeed foresaw a genocide of anyone. It never occurred to we that we would be obliged for a genocide of a immature girl.

“You contingency now live with a shame of what we have finished and a pang we have caused Megan’s family and to your possess families.”

Never be a same

Owner Kuddus, 40, of Belper Street, Blackburn, had certified dual health and reserve charges on interest of himself and a takeaway, though both he and Rashid, 38, of Rudd Street, Haslingden, denied manslaughter.

Their hearing listened Megan suffered an strident asthma conflict after eating food from Royal Spice on 30 Dec 2016, that her crony had systematic with a note reading “prawns, nuts” to uncover her allergies.

She died dual days after in hospital.

The teenager’s meal, that enclosed an onion bhaji, a seekh kebab and a Peshwari naan, was found to have a “widespread presence” of peanut protein.

In a matter review outward justice after a verdicts, Mr Lee and his mother Gemma pronounced their lives would never be a same after Megan’s death.


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