THE OWNER of an Indian restaurant accused of the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after eating a meal is expected to enter a plea to the charge later this year.
Mohammed Zaman, who is the owner of the Indian Garden in Easingwold in North Yorkshire, appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday charged over the death of Paul Wilson.
Mr Wilson, 38, suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction and died after buying a curry from the restaurant in January last year. It was claimed he requested no nuts.
Zaman was in court before Judge Simon Bourne-Arton for a brief preliminary hearing and no pleas were entered.
As well as manslaughter by gross negligence, the 52-year-old restaurant boss is charged with perverting the course of justice by forging a food safety training certificate, an immigration offence relating to the employee who served the contaminated meal, and food safety offences.
Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told the court that it was “plainly a novel case in many ways”.
Zaman, who is from the Huntington district of York, was bailed to appear at the same court on September 7 for a plea and directions hearing.