Two men charged with manslaughter of girl who died after eating takeaway

The victim Megan Lee

Two men have appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a 15-year-old girl who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a takeaway meal from the Royal Spice restaurant in Lancashire.

Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 39, and Harun Rashid, 38, could face prison after the death of teenager Megan Lee.

Megan, who had a nut allergy, fell ill after eating an Indian meal from Royal Spice in Oswaldtwistle.

She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died two days later, on New Year’s Day. A post-mortem examination showed she died from acute asthma due to nut allergy.

Both men appeared Blackburn Magistrates Court, as did Megan’s parents Adam and Gemma Lee.

They are charged with manslaughter, failing to discharge general health/safety duty to a person other than an employee, and contravening or failing to comply with EU provisions concerning food safety and hygiene.

Kuddus was also charged under the name of the company, RS Takeaways Ltd, with failing to discharge general health/safety duty to a person other than an employee and contravening or failing to comply with EU provisions concerning food safety and hygiene.

Kuddus spoke through an interpreter to confirm his name, age and address. Both men confirmed their nationality as Bangladeshi.

Magistrates sent the case to Burnley Crown Court, where the men will appear on February 7, and they were both given conditional bail.

Lancashire Police said the takeaway was now trading under new ownership.

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