Sentencing next for fish bar operator who sickened 5 with E. coli

A U.K. court was told yesterday that Wrexham librarian Karen Morrisroe (right, exactly as shown) spent three months in hospital – where she also picked up the hospital superbug, MRSA – and had been psychologically damaged as a result of E. coli O157 after eating a veggie burger and chips from the Llay Fish Bar in 2009.

Anthony Vines, prosecuting, told the court there were five primary cases of E. coli which could be linked to the takeaway, although there were secondary infections.

Council officers found pizza toppings at the takeaway covered in flies, a lack of handwashing materials and clothes in handbasins which were also put over frozen doner kebabs, and inadequate training.

Karen Morrisroe said her illness had resulted in “unbearable stomach pains,” being severely dehydrated, suffering kidney failure and a small seizure. Other victims included an 11-month-old baby, two three-year-old girls and a five-year-old child.?

??Mr Justice Griffith-Williams said he would sentence Ramazan Aslan, former operator of the Llay Fish Bar, next week after reading all background reports. But in granting him bail, he told him that he should not interpret that as meaning there would not be a prison sentence.

UK man in court facing 9 charges after 2009 E. coli outbreak

Ramazan Aslan, 35, the former owner of a Wrexham, U.K. takeaway, the Llay Fish Bar, has appeared in court to face nine charges of breaching food hygiene regulations, following an E. coli outbreak last year.

The case was adjourned until December after a brief hearing at Wrexham magistrates’ court.

The fish bar was at the centre of a major investigation when four people were taken ill.

Barrister Anthony Vines, for Wrexham council, said it was a serious and complex case that was not suitable to be dealt with by magistrates.