Day: November 7, 2018

Takeaway Owners Jailed For Sending Meal Containing Peanuts To Teenager Who Suffered Irreversible Brain Damage

A takeaway owner and manager, who caused a teenage girl’s death by sending her a meal containing peanuts, have been jailed for manslaughter.

Megan Lee, 15, suffered irreversible brain damage after having an allergic reaction 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 two years and Rashid for three.

In sentencing, Mrs Justice Yip told them Megan was responsible enough to highlight her allergies when placing the order but “sadly the same responsibility was not at your end”.

Megan LeeImage copyright: FAMILY HANDOUT. Megan Lee died two days after she was admitted to Royal Blackburn Hospital

Judge Yip said the takeaway had no systems or processes to manage allergen control.

She said she hoped “the message is heard” that food suppliers who fail to take proper care “will face significant custodial sentences if a death results”.

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

Judge Yip added: “Like Mr and Mrs Lee, I hope that this tragic case adds to the growing awareness in the food industry of what can happen if allergies are not taken seriously.”

Royal Spice restaurant
Image captionRoyal Spice was closed down following Megan’s death but later reopened under new ownership

She added that Kuddus and Rashid, both fathers, had expressed genuine remorse.

She told them: “Neither of you actually foresaw the death of anyone. It never occurred to you that you would be responsible for the death of a young girl.

“You must now live with the guilt of what you have done and the suffering you have caused Megan’s family and to your own families.”

Never be the same

Owner Kuddus, 40, of Belper Street, Blackburn, had admitted two health and safety charges on behalf of himself and the takeaway, but both he and Rashid, 38, of Rudd Street, Haslingden, denied manslaughter.

Their trial heard Megan suffered an acute asthma attack after eating food from Royal Spice on 30 December 2016, which her friend had ordered with a note reading “prawns, nuts” to show her allergies.

She died two days later in hospital.

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

In a statement read outside court after the verdicts, Mr Lee and his wife Gemma said their lives would never be the same after Megan’s death.


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New Exclusive Fabric Store Opens In Erith, South East London

Lajokes fashion House, the brainchild of top London fabrics’ entrepreneur Adejoke Ola-Braimoh opened in Erith last Sunday.

The intimate affair was witnessed by close family, friends and staunch clients.

Adejoke who previously peddled her high class Austrian and Swiss lace fabrics to her teeming clients, by post and from door to door said it had always been her dream to open her own business premises.

Finally opening Lajokes Fashion House, she said, is the God given realisation of that dream.

Lajokes Fashion House is located at 1 Belmont Road, Erith. London. DA8 1JY.

Tha stire all stocks to and fashion jewellery and accessories, blinged Aso Oke, Kaftans and Ankara Dresses.

Some of her clients include Top female MC Dazzlin Daizi, Media Personality Yetunde Bustline Oduwole and Baroness J.

Dangote Opens Up About His Arsenal Football Club Takeover Bid

Africa’s richest man has said he will turn his attentions away from Arsenal and buy another football club, if Stan Kroenke makes it clear he will not sell to him.

Aliko Dangote, from Nigeria, is an Arsenal fan worth a reported £8.5 billion and has never hidden his desire to one day take over at the north London club.

In recent years he has made several statements about launching a future takeover bid, announcing he will make his move once he finishes building one of the world’s largest oil refineries in Lagos, Nigeria.

“We will go after Arsenal from 2020, even if somebody buys, we will still go after it,” Dangote said in July.

That comment followed on from a statement he made in August 2017 where he made it clear he believed he would be able to tempt Kroenke into doing business.

“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away,’ he said. “Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away.

“And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.’

But, speaking to Bloomberg TV at the New Economy Forum in Singapore, the 61-year-old has now hinted he may have to look elsewhere if Kroenke – who has just completed a full takeover at the Emirates after a power battle with Alisher Usmanov – does not want to sell.

“I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he won’t sell, I might have to change,” said Dangote.

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“I’m very much a fan of football. I’ll like to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”

“By the time we’ve finished [the oil refinery], we’ll be a $30bn [£22.8bn] company in terms of revenue.”

Dangote added that the refinery in Lagos is on track to start producing fuel in early 2020.

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