Nanny jailed for lingerie boss poison bid
Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00
The former nanny of Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold was jailed for 12 months yesterday after admitting trying to poison the tycoon with screen wash.
Allison Cox (33), who was hired by Ms Gold to look after her daughter Scarlett at her mansion in Surrey, England, laced two bowls of asparagus soup with the toxic substance in an attempt to get the chef who had prepared it into trouble.
Sentencing her at Guildford Crown Court, the judge said Cox, who also put sugar and salt in Ms Gold's meals on two other occasions, had demonstrated "calculated and deceitful behaviour".
He said Ms Gold had also feared for the safety of her daughter as the toddler was with Cox when she found out her food had been poisoned, and the experience had been all the worse because the child's twin had died aged eight months.
Judge Christopher Critchlow said: "You had no idea whether or not that screen wash would cause harm to her or what the effect would be."
He added: "This behaviour is a gross breach of trust as well as being totally bizarre."
The court heard that Ms Gold had been "devastated" when Cox handed in her notice on September 23 last year due to her problems getting along with chef Patricia Edwards.
Outlining the case, the prosecution said that a few days later, on September 29, Ms Gold ate a meal but found it "inedible", describing it as tasting like it had a whole jar of salt in it.
On October 4 Ms Gold found another meal to be inedible, this time because it had too much sugar in it.
The court heard that the next day Cox was asked to drop Ms Gold's lunch, the bowl of asparagus soup, off to her at work.
The prosecution said: "Ms Gold took one mouthful, and in her words, instantly knew there was a chemical in her soup and was very strong."