THE trial of two men charged with the manslaughter of 15-year-old Megan Lee who died after eating a meal from the Royal Spice takeaway in Oswaldtwistle has been fixed for October 2, it is reported in the Lancashire Telegraph.
Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 39, of Blackburn, and Harun Rashid, 38, of Haslingden, entered no pleas when appeared in the dock at Preston Crown Court.
Both men only spoke to confirm their name, address and Bangladeshi nationality.
They have been charged with manslaughter, failing to discharge general health/safety duty to a person other than an employee, and contravening or failing to comply with EU provisions concerning food safety and hygiene.
Kuddus was also charged under the name of the company, RS Takeaways Ltd, with failing to discharge general health/safety duty to a person other than an employee and contravening or failing to comply with EU provisions concerning food safety and hygiene.
Megan, from Hargreaves Road, Oswaldtwistle, died after suffering an allergic reaction to a meal from the takeaway in Union Road on December 30, 2016.
She was taken to hospital but died two days later. A post-mortem examination showed she died from acute asthma due to nut allergy.
Giving the men conditional bail, Judge Mark Brown, The Honorary Recorder of Preston, said: “The purpose of this hearing is that I should give directions into the preparation and management of the case.
“I have fixed a trial date on October 2. However before then there will be a further plea and trial preparation hearing. That hearing will take place on May 4.”