A German court has fined a 23-year-old man €500 for giving his girlfriend sleeping pills so that he could keep playing video games with a friend for as long as they wanted.
“I only put four or five drops into her tea,” the man
told the court in Castrop-Rauxel, a former mining city in the
eastern part of the Ruhr area in Germany, as he admitted to the
crime, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung daily
In August 2014, the man was enjoying playing on his games console
with a pal when his then girlfriend came back home at around 10pm
after a busy day at work.
All she wanted was peace and quiet, not the cacophony of
machine-gun fire coming from a buzzing video game. In fact, she
finally got what she wanted.
The woman recalled she had slept until noon the following day
after drinking the drugged tea.
“I drove to work although I was nodding off nonstop,”
the 24-year-old told the judge, adding that at the time her ex
had been on drugs too, which led to their breakup shortly
An analysis of the woman’s hair reportedly confirmed that she had
been under the influence of those drugs just once, when her
ex-boyfriend slipped them into her tea last year.
“Your girlfriend had indeed slept long and deeply, which
didn’t harm her, but this is certainly a premeditated
assault,” the judge stated.
“That was stupid of me, but now I’m on the right path,”
the man replied, adding that he had been clean for 10 months and
would soon start an apprenticeship.