A former chef at a local village pub in England was sentenced to four months in jail after serving an under-cooked meal to churchgoers, leading to one death and 30 people falling ill.
John Croucher, 40, the chef at the Crewe Arms Pub located in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, after he acknowledged he may have been "rushed" while making the meal on Oct. 8, 2018, according to the Guardian. Out of 35 parishioners, 32 were affected by the shepherd's pie, which was filled with mince, the report added.
"I really hate to say it, but I think I was rushed," Croucher admitted. "Remorse is an understatement."
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The meat in the shepherd's pie entree had allegedly not been "cooked properly" the night before. While the meat was recooked the following day, Croucher did not check the temperature before serving the dish.
Elizabeth Neuman, 92, one of the church members from Holy Trinity Church who ordered the shepherd's pie, died after suffering an internal gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
"A healthy and well person died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage induced from vomiting," said Judge Sarah Campbell from the Reading Crown Court. "No sentence I can pass can reflect the loss caused to the family."
The three parishioners who did not fall ill had ordered the vegetarian option.
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"This is something I will never forget," Croucher said. "Because of it, I am a better chef, and it is just a shame the cost of it had to be what it was."