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Trial set for restaurant owner in fatal peanut allergy case

A trial date has been set in the case of an Indian restaurant owner accused of the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after eating a meal.

File photo from May 2015 of restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, 52 (right) leaving Teesside Crown Court. Credit: PA

Mohammed Zaman, 52, owner of the Indian Garden, in Easingwold in North Yorkshire, is charged with the death of Paul Wilson, 38, who suffered a severe anaphylactic shock after buying a curry in January 2014.

  • The defendant did not enter any pleas during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court, during which a trial date was set for April 25th 2016.

As well as manslaughter by gross negligence, the 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.

Robert Smith QC, defending, told the court a number of expert witnesses in pathology, food hygiene, clinical medicine and accountancy will be needed.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton granted Zaman, from Huntington, York, bail and he left court with four other men.

Paul Wilson died after an anaphylactic reaction to a curry at Indian Garden in North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV Calendar


Woman jailed for biting relative's nose after funeral

Jodie Rutley has been jailed after biting off part of a relative's nose Credit: Cleveland Police

A woman who bit off part of a relative's nose after a funeral has been jailed for 12 years today.

Jodie Rutley, 21, from Cleveland, attacked 23-year-old Sherie Watson - her second cousin - at a wake at the Quoits Club in Guisborough in February this year.

Rutley and Sherie Watson had known each other all their lives, but were not on speaking terms when they attended the wake of 19-year-old Jordan Dowson, who died in a car crash, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Following the bite attack, Rutley returned to Watson with a large kitchen knife in each hand and the woman was injured again when she tried to defend herself, the court heard.

Judge Howard Crowson jailed Rutley, of The Charltons in Saltburn, for six and a half years for biting Watson's nose and five and half years for the knife attack.

I cannot believe she has done this to me. There will be months of surgery and I will be left with scars and will need skin grafts from my forehead.

– Sherie Watson

Man jailed for 11 years

Gary Mason has been jailed for 11 years Credit: Cleveland Police

A former school governor, fire officer and TA Captain has been jailed for 11 years

Gary Mason, 52, has also been banned from working with children and has been put on the sex offenders register for life. Teesside Crown Court heard Mason pinned the child down and subjected her to repeated assaults.

He denied nine charges of various sexual assaults and was found guilty of five.

DC Revis Phillips said: “Gary Mason had an unhealthy interest in this young girl and demonstrated his eagerness to fulfil his sexual appetite over a prolonged period.

“Thankfully he is now serving a substantial custodial sentence and hope the victim and family members can now move on from this dreadful period in their lives knowing that justice has been served.

"Cleveland Police consider all such matters seriously and will pursue any complaint of this nature. I hope this sends a strong warning to others who prey on the vulnerability of young victims."

Woman admits iPad scam

A woman has admitted conducting a mass iPad scam worth almost £500,000.

Kirsty Cox, from Newton Ayciffe, County Durham, told customers she would be able to source cut-price machines in the run up to Christmas.

But, after taking payment, she was unable to complete the deal.

At Teesside Crown Court the 37-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges arising from the scam she had operated between March and December last year.

It was previously reported that she had taken payment for 4,000 of the tablet computers from individuals and groups.


£100k fine and costs after anchor death tragedy

A ship repair firm has been ordered to pay nearly £100,000 after a crane driver was crushed to death by a falling three-tonne anchor. Kevin Watson, from Redcar, Cleveland, died while working for A&P Tees at Middlesbrough Dry Dock in 2009.

The father-of-two was hooking an anchor with a chain when it fell on his chest, causing fatal injuries. A verdict of accidental death was recorded during his inquest a year ago.

Despite being a highly qualified crane driver, the 51-year-old was not qualified to deal with anchors and chains from ships, even though he regularly did so. At Teesside Crown Court yesterday (FRI), Judge John Walford ordered A&P Tees to pay a fine of £75,000 along with £23,500 costs.

Full report: Thief tries to kayak to France

A wanted burglar who was found trying to paddle to France in a kayak has been jailed at Teesside Crown Court.

Paul Redford was trying to leave England to start a new life abroad after a history of petty crimes.

Redford was wanted for thefts in County Durham and Northumberland when he had to be rescued during an audacious bid to cross the channel.

Jonny Blair reports.

Thief tries to kayak to France

A thief who was rescued by a lifeboat crew while trying to paddle to France in a kayak has been sentenced to nearly two and a half years in prison.

Paul Redford, 46, admitted thefts in Darlington, County Durham, Blyth and Northumberland, as well as a burglary in Kent.

His defence said he was leaving to start a new life abroad. Redford was given a sentence of two years and five months at Teesside Crown Court.

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