Good Grief: Man Gropes Teen Girls, Blames Actions On “Excessive Caffeine”
12:45 pm, July 5th | by Amy Tennery
A Seattle high school bus driver was convicted of five counts of fourth-degree assault, after he groped several teenage girls and two women during and after a volleyball game, according to the Daily Mail. Prior to his sentencing he lobbied for a shorter prison term, claiming the “caffeine defense.” Huh?
The perpetrator, Kenneth Sands, claimed he had so much caffeine that it drove him into a psychotic state. A judge sentenced him to 30 days for each count.
Bizarrely, the caffeine defense has been used before — and, incidentally, it was also part of a case involving violence against women. In 2010, CNN reported that Woody WIll Smith claimed “caffeine intoxication” and sleep depravation left him mentally unstable and drove him to give a false confession to police. Unsurprisingly, a jury rejected that defense and convicted the guy of murder.