‘Penny-pinching’ curry house boss ‘killed allergic customer by giving him takeaway containing peanuts because it was cheaper than almonds’

A restaurant boss killed one of his customers by serving him a meal containing ground peanuts and triggering a severe allergic reaction, a court heard today.

Mohammed Zaman, who was heavily in debt, used groundnut mix which included peanuts in his curries because it was cheaper than almond powder, jurors were told.

Customer Paul Wilson, 38, died from a peanut allergy after eating a takeaway which contained peanuts despite having asked for a curry with no nuts and been assured that the dish would be safe for him to eat.

Teesside Crown Court heard that the waiter who took his order and the chef who prepared the meal at the Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold, North Yorkshire were both working illegally.