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Takeaway pair guilty of manslaughter of girl, 15, who had nut allergy

Megan Lee Photo: Family handout.

Two take away workers from Lancashire have been convicted of the manslaughter of a teenager who had a nut allergy.

Megan Lee, 15, suffered an allergic reaction after eating food from the Royal Spice Takeaway in Oswaldtwistle.

Takeaway bosses Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 40, and Harun Rashid, 38, were found guilty at Manchester Crown Court of the manslaughter by gross negligence.

The jury at Manchester Crown Court also found Rashid guilty of failing to discharge a general duty of employers, contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act, and another count of failing to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures in contravention of European Union food safety regulations.

Kuddus had already pleaded guilty to those two charges on behalf of himself and of behalf of the Royal Spice Takeaway Ltd.

The trial heard Megan suffered an allergic reaction to food ordered from the Royal Spice, in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, on December 30 2016 and died two days later.

Megan's friend ordered through the Just Eat website and wrote "prawns, nuts" in the comments and notes section, but the meal was later found to have the "widespread presence" of peanut protein.

Her family were in tears in the public gallery as the verdicts were read out on Thursday afternoon.

Harun Rashid (left), 38, and Mohammed Kuddus, 40, arrive at Manchester Crown Court Credit: Press Association.

Judge Mrs Justice Yip bailed both men until November 7, when they and the company will be sentenced.

She said: "The fact that I am granting bail shouldn't be taken as any indication there should be a non-custodial sentence.

"You need to prepare yourselves for a custodial sentence."