A Malaysian woman who said she was subjected to sex up to 35 times a week spiked her fiance's drinks to "slow him down", the Auckland District Court heard yesterday.
Initially Mee Kwan Ng was charged with poisoning with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to 53-year-old nurseryman and former partner, Martin Walker.
But that charge was withdrawn in front of JPs by police prosecutor Sergeant Naila Hassan.
That left the 41-year-old former air hostess facing a charge of administering a poison, namely antihistamine, with intent to cause inconvenience. After hearing submissions from Public Defender, Michael Corry, the JPs agreed there was insufficient evidence for a prima facie case and Ng walked free.
According to the police, Ng crushed up antihistamine and anti-inflammatory medicines which she put in her fiance's vodka and orange and his wine on three occasions in January. Mr Walker noticed an unusual taste and a white sediment in his drink and decided to keep samples of the beverages which he gave to his GP for analysis.
Later that month Ng was said to have added crushed up Masterpet pet repellent to the other medicines which she then put in a meal of fried rice.
Mr Walker took two mouthfuls before detecting a strong chemical taste and gritty texture. He then confronted Ng with his suspicions.
When spoken to by the police Ng admitted drugging her fiance's food and drink, saying she did it to "slow him down".
Mr Walker told the court that he had corresponded with Ng in Kuala Lumpur by email before meeting her and her family and later proposing marriage, which was accepted. She moved in with him in Ireland Rd, Panmure.
Asked by Mr Corry why he thought Ng put the substances in his food and drink, Mr Walker replied: "I think she was probably trying to dampen my romantic and sexual ardour."
Mr Corry: "So you accept that there appeared to be a problem between you about your sexual demands?"
Mr Walker: "Yes."
However, he denied a suggestion that he wanted sex up to four or five times a day. "That's an exaggeration," he said.
He denied that he demanded sex with "extraordinary frequency".
Mr Walker said the frequency of sex was reducing and that was a concern to him so early in the relationship.
He accepted that Ng was not trying to cause him significant harm.
Mr Corry argued that there was no proof of intent to poison and no proof that the substances administered were poisons or noxious.
Outside the court Mr Corry said: "She put the pharmaceuticals in his drink to reduce his ability to make sexual demands ...
"She just got to the end of her tether and she was trying to introduce medication which would make him drowsy, which would in turn reduce the level of demand for sexual relations."By Tony Stickley