Robyn G. and Sabrina S., both 22 years old, were the picture of innocence as they sat in the dock on Thursday, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
But the two well-dressed young women with long blond hair were facing a very serious charge - faking a kidnapping and misleading the police.
Prosecutors described how the two friends had gone on a pub crawl in early 2016, after downing a bottle of wine at home.
That wasn’t the only thing they were doing before they hit the town, though. They also took photos and shot a video which appeared to show Robyn G. tied up and being beaten by a captor.
At a bar later in the evening they bumped into Robyn G.’s ex-boyfriend, who told the court that the two of them had had a chat over a cigarette.
They talked about their relationship and the mistakes they had both made and "flirted a little perhaps, nothing more,” he said.
Apparently she understood the chat as a form of conciliation, texting him “Don’t do that kind of thing anymore”, followed by several smiley faces.
But he didn’t see it that way and ignored her.
It was at this point that the young woman had the Schnapsidee (literally schnapps idea, meaning foolish idea) to fake her own kidnapping, her lawyer conceded.
She sent her ex another text message, this time from a supposed kidnapper saying that “the horny bitch belongs to me now”.
Then she sent the photo and video which she had filmed with her friend earlier.
The shocked ex-flame immediately called the cops.
An officer told the court how they arrived at the girl’s apartment shortly after to the sound of loud screams. But inside they only found Sabrina S. and two drinking buddies they had gone home with.
Robyn G. had hidden further up the stairs inside the apartment building and had instructed her friends to let police know that they didn’t know where she was. She also told them to mention that she had recently complained about being pestered by a stalker.
This was enough to put the cops on high alert. Sixteen officers were assigned to the case and the homicide unit was called into action.
Officers visited her mother’s apartment, and tried to get in contact with her sister.
Meanwhile they tracked her mobile phone. The surprise result: her captor seemed to still have her hostage within her own apartment block.
The cops sped as quickly as they could back to Robyn G.’s home. This time the young woman was caught off guard. She didn’t have time to flee out the door. Enacting a Plan B, she had her friends hide her under her bed.
But it was her long blond hair that gave her away, with a hawk-eyed officer noticing the tips of her hair coming out from under the bed.
“I can’t explain myself why I did it - it was so stupid,” Robyn G. told the court. “I am so sorry for the police. I was drunk and didn’t think about the consequences.”
The judge found the two young women guilty of faking a kidnapping.
Sabrina S. now faces a fine of €1,200, while the unemployed Robyn G. was handed a fine of €3,600.