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A British restaurant owner has been sent to jail for six years for the manslaughter of a customer -

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ELEANOR HALL: A British restaurant owner has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer who died after eating one of his curries.

Paul Wilson went into anaphylactic shock after eating a curry that was advertised as not being nut-based.

Prosecutors say the sentence is a lesson to all those in the catering industry that they have a duty of care to their customers.

Anne Barker has our report.

ANNE BARKER: Thirty-eight-year-old Paul Wilson was diagnosed as a child with a severe allergy to peanuts.

His mother Margaret recalls how he was rushed to hospital after his first serious reaction.

MARGARET WILSON: Oh, the tingling in his lips and swelling of his tongue and he was rushed to Sheffield Children's Hospital and diagnosed then that he had this nut allergy.

ANNE BARKER: So Paul Wilson well knew the dangers of ingesting even the tiniest amount of peanuts.

And when he ordered takeaway from an Indian restaurant in North Yorkshire two years ago he specifically asked for no nuts.

The chicken marsala he took home even had 'no nuts' written on the lid.

But in reality, it had been cooked with a groundnut mix which was later found to contain peanuts.

Paul Wilson was later found slumped in the bathroom at his home after a severe anaphylactic shock. He died soon after.

His friend Joe Kinsella says it's a shocking waste of life.

JOE KINSELLA: The worst thing about it is the needlessness of his death. The fact it could have been avoided, and he could still be with us today.

ANNE BARKER: The restaurant's owner Mohammed Zaman has now been found guilty of Paul Wilson's manslaughter and sent to jail for six years.

The sentencing judge took into account that it wasn't the first time Zaman had endangered a customer's life.

Just three weeks before Paul Wilson's death, 17-year-old Ruby Scott had a similar reaction after eating takeaway from another of Mohammed Zaman's six restaurants

RUBY SCOTT: My throat started to swell and I started getting very panicky, couldn't really breathe properly.

My friend's dad rushed me to hospital and my mum was meeting us there and she didn't recognise me at first because I was all covered in hives and like purple by this point.

ANNE BARKER: The restaurant that served Ruby Scott later denied it had served her a meal with nuts, which her mother Marianne challenged.

MARIANNE SCOTT: I think sometimes people think that it's just an upset stomach or maybe makes them sick or something like that but people die from peanut allergies.

My daughter was very, very lucky that she got to the hospital, used an epi-pen and the result was a good result for my daughter.

ANNE BARKER: In his defence, Mohammed Zaman claimed he wasn't even in the restaurant when Paul Wilson was served and he'd left managers in charge.

But prosecutors said as the owner, he was responsible for replacing almond powder in his recipes with the cheaper groundnut mix, that he was 300,000 pounds in debt and put profits before customer safety.

Detective Inspector Sean Page from North Yorkshire Police.

SEAN PAGE: Mr Zaman acted totally recklessly. He showed no regard for his customers, public safety or even authorities that were trying to help him and show him how he should operate his business.

ANNE BARKER: Paul Wilson's mother Margaret Wilson says her son's death is a lesson to other restaurants to take peanut allergies much more seriously.

MARGARET WILSON: Be aware of that and follow that through to the letter and for allergy sufferers, peanut sufferers, to take more care, take note from Paul's death.

ANNE BARKER: But it's a lesson many appear reluctant to learn.

The day after Paul Wilson's death, inspectors visited the restaurant to collect evidence and ordered a meal supposedly without nuts.

But when they tested it soon after, it was found to have enough nuts to kill someone with a peanut allergy.

ELEANOR HALL: Anne Barker reporting.