A German man was shot dead as he frolicked with his lover in a field of corn because a hunter mistook them for a wild boar.

The 30-year-old, identified only as Norman G, was kissing and drinking champagne with his Polish sweetheart Katharina, 23, in the field in Nauen near Brandenburg, Germany, at sundown on Wednesday when a rifle shot cracked in the distance.

A split second later the amorous forklift truck driver fell dead with a bullet through the heart.

The round also penetrated the arm of his farm worker lover.

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It turned out the victim had told his girlfriend he was working late at his job in a pizza factory while he was pursuing the secret tryst.

Nils Delius, of the prosecutor's office in Potsdam, said: "We are investigating manslaughter. The hunter said he mistook the outline of the people for that of a wild boar."

- Daily Mail