Ritalin user tried to secretly dope wife

It had all the hallmarks of a great night out: good food, good wine, good company.

But Horsley husband Christopher Chand managed to make the evening of April 12 this year memorable for all the wrong reasons, after a scheme to extend the evening and land him some action between the bed sheets left him with a furious wife and a date at Port Kembla Court House.

The evening started off well enough: Chand's wife had asked if the pair could go to Dapto Leagues Club for a rare night out.

Chand agreed to the request, despite having worked all day and having just returned from the gym.

To ensure he stayed awake long enough to enjoy the night, Chand decided to pop one of his Ritalin pills, prescribed to him to treat his diagnosed ADHD.

As the night wore on, Chand's wife grew tired, and at 11pm, wanted to go home.

She agreed to stay longer after some persuading by Chand, and went outside to have a cigarette.

Chand saw a chance and grabbed it with both hands.

Another patron told police she saw him pull a small packet from his jacket pocket, pick something out of it, crush it in his hands and drop it into his wife's wine glass before stirring the drink with a pencil.

Moments later, his wife came back to the table, and continued to drink the wine.

Alarmed, the witness alerted security, who in turn told the club's management.

They decided to watch the woman for signs of intoxication.

When the pair left a few hours later, club employees examined the glass, detecting a white powder resting at the bottom.

They called police.

A short time later, there was a knock on the Chands' front door.

Annoyed at having been interrupted in the throes of passion, Mrs Chand's mood quickly changed when officers told her they had reason to believe her husband had spiked her drink.

"You put Ritalin in my drink?" she screamed at him.

"I've told you not to do that. Why did you do that?

"I can't leave my glass alone or you put Ritalin in it.

"You've wrecked our night, I can't believe you did that."

Police took Chand to the station and charged him with giving a drink containing an intoxicating substance to harm. He told them: "I had to do something wrong to do something right."

In court on Tuesday, Chand's lawyer sought leniency for his client, hoping to avoid a conviction.

But the magistrate, Michael Stoddart, refused, saying Chand had showed "a complete lack of respect" for his wife and he fined him $1000.