Ann Summers boss, Jaqueline Gold’s nanny has admitted trying to poison the lingerie tycoon by putting screen was in the food she prepared for her.
Allison Cox, 33, from East Grinstead in Sussex, pleaded guilty to administering poison with intent to annoy, at Guildford Crown Court today.
The nanny worked at Ms Gold’s, 50, home in Whyteleafe, Surrey, looking after Gold’s child.
Miss Cox has been bailed to wait further sentencing on March 4th.
The case originally started with Cox charged with a further two counts of attempting to poison the multi millionaire with sugar and salt, but the charges against her were amended during the hearing.
Rachel Davies, prosecutor, told the court that Ms Gold (referred to during the case as Ms Cunningham) was not harmed by eating the food containing screen wash on October 5th last year.
“The harm wasn’t physical. It was anxiety, really, that this was happening to her,” she said.
“There was, it appears, some animosity from the defendant towards the cook which then caused the defendant to put certain articles including the screen wash and the salt and sugar into certain food items consumed by Jacqueline Cunningham.
“She put it into the food to cause the cook to be questioned about it.”
Ms Gold, who owns Ann Summers and Knickerbox, was not present at the hearing.
Alistair Harper, the defence lawyer, claimed Cox was of previous good character.
After adjourning sentencing for reports, Judge Christopher Critchlow said Cox would get credit for pleading guilty but that all sentencing options still remained open.