Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold narrowly escapes poisoning

Allison Cox, nanny to Gold's daughter Scarlett, left court yesterday charged with three attempts to poison the underwear entrepreneur. It was not attempted murder, but rather "the malicious administration of poison with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy".

Cox was working in the Gold household for a year. But there was a fly in the ointment - or a toxin in the soup, even. Gold became alarmed after her food tasted peculiar on three separate occasions during September and October 2010. Gold had her soup tested and it was found to be tempered with some unusual ingredients...

Yesterday the court heard that Cox had attempted to poison Gold with a series of substances. First screen wash, then sugar and salt.

Ah yes. Sugar and salt. Those highly toxic elements.

Gold, whose business empire is worth around £160m, has yet to comment on the case.

Picture source: Ben Sutherland

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