The former nanny of Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold was jailed for 12 months yesterday after admitting attempting to poison the high street sex shop tycoon with screen wash.
Allison Cox, 33, who was recruited by Ms Gold to look after her daughter Scarlett at her mansion in Whyteleafe, Surrey, laced two bowls of asparagus soup with the toxic substance in an attempt to get the chef who had prepared it, Patricia Edwards, into trouble.
Sentencing her at Guildford Crown Court, Judge Christopher Critchlow said Cox, who also put sugar and salt in Ms Gold’s meals on two other occasions, had demonstrated “calculated and deceitful behaviour”.
She had also breached the trust of her employer who had entrusted her to look after her only child.
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 “extremely distressing and traumatic” experience had been all the worse because the child’s twin had died aged eight months.
The judge told her: “You were employed from September 2009 as a nanny for this family and in the course of your duty you were trusted to care for the daughter of your employer, the surviving twin.
“And you knew that in January 2010 the other twin had died and the distress that caused to your employer no doubt.
“You say you hated that other employee (Ms Edwards) and you had no intention of harming your employer.
“But 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.”