A NANNY was charged with attempting to poison the chief executive of British lingerie and sex-toy company Ann Summers by repeatedly contaminating her food with windshield wiper fluid, police said yesterday.
Jacqueline Gold, estimated to be worth £180 million ($277 million), hired Alison Cox, 33, to look after her daughter Scarlett at her mansion in Surrey, south of London.
Ms Gold, 50, complained that the food prepared by her chef did not taste right. Soup delivered to the businesswoman's office was branded "disgusting." Ms Gold said her main meals were too salty and her desserts were too sugary, prompting the underwear tycoon's personal cook to retrieve samples from the trash to test. Results revealed traces of windshield wiper fluid.
A Surrey police spokeswoman confirmed that Ms Cox was charged with three counts of administering poison with intent to annoy.
Ms Gold is the 16th richest woman in the UK. Ms Cox was hired in May last year to care for Gold's twins, Alfie and Scarlett. Alfie, who had a severe brain condition, died at eight months.