Oliver Dietmann, 46, who accidentally killed his mistress Rica Varna with a cucumber they had been using as a sex toy, has been spared jail.
The salesman was convicted of negligent homicide at court in the south-western German city of Mannheim.
Defense lawyer Patrick Senghaus said: “My client had no idea of the danger. The pair had often had this type of sex, she wasn’t tied up and he felt that if the cucumber was a problem, she could have removed it herself.”
Dietmann was given a 20-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay 6,000 Euro (£4,718) fine.
Tesco were feeling particularly fruity (or should we say vegetable-y) this Valentine’s Day, when they placed a ‘Perfect for Valentine’s’ sign next to a crate of their finest cucumbers. But after reading the following story, they’ll probably want to hope no one took them up on their creative suggestion.
Because a German man, 46-year-old Oliver Dietmann, is currently on trial in his native Mannheim, where he faces five years in prison for the death of his secret girlfriend after using a cucumber as a toy during their lovemaking session.
Oliver invited his mistress over to his flat while his wife was out, where the pair proceeded to drink four bottles of wine before moving on to shots of schnapps, and then got down to it.
“We would often use dildos as well as carrots and courgettes in our intimate life,” Dietmann told the court, recalling that on the day itself back in July 2014, his partner “didn’t have any toys with her, so I grabbed half a cucumber from the kitchen.”
But their sex games went drastically wrong when Dietmann used the vegetable as a toy before stuffing the now-mushy cucumber in his girlfriend’s mouth. Momentarily distracted by smoke emerging from the kitchen thanks to food he’d left cooking on the stove, Oliver went to attend to the damage.
When he returned, however, he found his partner unconscious in the floor, with the cucumber having blocked her air passage.
Speaking in court, he said: “I tried to pull the pieces of cucumber out of her throat. But they were so mushy I couldn’t get them all.”
But tragically, his efforts were not enough, and his mistress died as a result of the cucumber. And Dietmann is now potentially partially liable for her death, after the state prosecutor, Reinhard Hofmann, said: “He should have known that he couldn’t leave her alone for so long.”