The Bremen court charged the 57-year-old man with bodily harm resulting from negligence, after he spiked his wife's drink in 2012. “I wanted to bring new bounce to our love life,” he told the court. “I am endlessly sorry for what I have done.”
His lawyer explained that he had read on the internet that Rohypnol, known under its street name “roofies” triggered feelings of euphoria and sexual arousal.
Yet for the 54-year-old woman this was not the case and after drinking the Capri Sun she fell seriously ill. Doctors put her in an artificial coma for two weeks.
The man, who has cancer of the larynx, also drank some of the Capri Sun and blacked out during a test run. He was taken to the hospital and resolved that no-one should have the Capri Sun.
But his wife, who he had been married to for 34 years, still took the drink on July 12th last year and developed a fever and severe cramps.
The state prosecutor said on Monday that there was no suggestion that the man intended his wife to drink from the spiked juice after he had drunk it himself and become ill. His lawyer said, after the ruling, that he was certain the man would not do it again.