The 40-year-old woman, who has not been named, fell for her driving instructor in 2010, but her love was unrequited.
Rejected, her response was to launch an armed ambush on him on June 22nd this year. Aiming at his car, which at the time held the instructor and two of his pupils, she shot at least four bullets, hitting the vehicle three times.
Nobody was injured in the attack but the mother-of-four was sentenced for two counts of attempted murder by a court in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony in central Germany on Tuesday afternoon.
The court decided that the woman had intended to murder her instructor although she told the court that she had aimed at the car's tyres. “The defence of the accused clearly deviates from what the court has established,” Judge Peter Peschka said.
The woman pursued her instructor for months after falling in love with him. But the man, who the court described as stalking victim, was not interested. “The text messages and telephone calls he received from this woman for months sent a clear signal,” the judge said.
A psychiatrist report found that the woman had mental problems which formed part of her mitigation. Prosecutors demanded a six-and-a-half year prison sentence while her defence counsel asked for three years.
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