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Takeaway workers jailed

Megan Lee

1:07pm 7th November 2018
(Updated 3:50pm 7th November 2018)

A takeaway owner and manager have been jailed today after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Megan Lee. 

15-year-old Megan Lee from Oswaldtwistle died in January 2017, after eating food from their Indian takeaway business.

Takeaway bosses Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 40, and Harun Rashid, 38, have been jailed at Manchester Crown Court for two and three years respectively, over the teenager's death. 

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In January 2017, Megan placed her takeaway order online with Royal Spice. She stated in the order form she had a severe nut allergy. 

Sadly, she died at Royal Blackburn Hospital a couple of days later from asthma due to a nut allergy.

A statement was read out in court on behalf of Megan's parents, Gemma and Adam Lee:

"Megan was a bright, articulate, kind and caring daughter.

"We feel heartbreak of her missing so many milestones. She will never get married, never turn 16, never get to see her little brother grow up, or go to her prom.

"She loved studying and her head was always in a book. She loved school. She was petite and all her friends towered over her, but she took it all in her stride.

"Megan loved music and we will miss watching her perform on stage. She loved to sing but will never reach her ambition to be an actress in the West End.

"We loved the time we had with Megan and the impact she had on our lives - and everyone she met.

"We haven’t learnt to deal with her loss yet and never will. It’s put a strain on our marriage and our life. We used to eat around the table as a family but have only managed to do that once since Megan died. We broke down because of the empty chair.

"Our trust is broken with food and at times the pain has felt too much. We have a life sentence but hope our story will stop others going through the same.

"We’ll continue working with the anaphylaxis campaign and trading standards.

"Megan was our princess."

Det Chief Insp Mark Vaughton, of Lancashire Police, said:

“Megan’s death was the tragic consequence of the conduct of these two men. As owner and operator, Kuddus and Rashid each owed a duty of care to the public. 

“The defendants gave little thought to the consequences of their actions. They showed a blatant disregard for customer safety, hazard control, food safety and hygiene. Megan’s death was a tragedy waiting to happen.

“While no sentence will replace the loss of Megan, we hope her family and friends can, in time, move on. I can only imagine how difficult it has been for them following her death. My thoughts are with them and will continue to be.” 

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