Man Spikes McDonald's Sundaes With Sleeping Pills, Judge Says It Was 'Unsophisticated and Clumsy Offending'

A New Zealand man who spiked two McDonald's ice cream sundaes with sleeping pills and gave them to his girlfriend and her sister has avoided jail.

The 22-year-old man from Auckland was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision after pleading guilty to one charge of attempted stupefaction, reports RZN.

Auckland District Court heard how the defendant, who does not work at McDonald's, bought the two ice creams at the fast food chain's Te Atatū store before slipping a sleeping pill in each one.

He then drove back to his girlfriend's home to give one to her and one to her sister. The court heard how the women found the sleeping pills in their sundaes as the 22-year-old had not crushed them up properly.

"It was relatively unsophisticated and clumsy offending, if I can put it like that," Judge Brooke Gibson said. "Your explanation to the police is that you wanted to make the complainant sleepy so that she would go to bed and you and your girlfriend could be left alone. That seems to me not quite plausible, given you also placed a pill in your girlfriend's sundae," the judge said.

Both women took themselves to hospital after discovering the pills and were placed under observation.

According to court documents, seen by the New Zealand Herald, the victims took to social media to express their outrage at the incident.

"We ate them at home, and we all found traces and whole pills of prescription medicine. My sister ingested one. I found one in my mouth and spat it out," one of the women wrote.

"The police are involved. We got off so lucky. Had a child ingested it. There would be more of an issue. I don't know who would do such a thing but it's disgusting!"

The defendant's lawyer, Anoushka Bloem, successfully applied for the court to grant a permanent name suppression for the 22-year-old, arguing being publicly identified would have serious implications for his mental health.

The judge dismissed Bloem's application for a discharge without conviction for her client.

"Attempting to stupefy a female is a very serious matter and is one I take into account when considering the gravity of the offending," Judge Gibson said.

The defendant was also ordered to attend rehabilitative programs as necessary on top of the intensive supervision sentence.

Speaking to the Herald, one of the victims said they first raised suspicions about the sundaes after her sister complained that it had an "extremely funny taste."

"My partner and my sister went to leave when I found one [pill] in mine," she added. "We went straight to hospital. They said it was someone's medication. But it's not enough to do any damage so suggested keeping going with police."

A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. A New Zealand man who admitted spiking McDonald's ice cream sundaes with sleeping pills has been sentenced. Justin Sullivan/Getty