Ann Summers boss poisoned by nanny

The nanny of the underwear tycoon, Jacqueline Gold, appeared in court yesterday charged with trying to poison Ann Summers boss.

Allison Cox, the nanny of Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, left court yesterday after being charged with three attempts to poison the underwear tycoon by spiking her food with screen wash, salt and sugar.

The nanny, who was hired last year to look after Miss Gold’s daughter Scarlett at her £6.5million mansion in Whyteleafe, Surrey, was charged with maliciously administering poison with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy.

The incidents, which took place between September and October last year, reportedly came to light after Miss Gold, worth an estimated £180million, became concerned about the taste of the food prepared by her chef.

Following tests on a soup showed the presence of screen wash, which led to the arrest of Allison Cox. On the 29th September she is said to have used salt to poison Miss Gold in Kent, and on the 4th October the substance involved was said to be sugar.

The nanny spoke only to confirm her name, age and address at South East Surrey Magistrates’ Court in Redhill yesterday. The 33 year-old, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, has not entered a plea and the case has been referred to the crown court.

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