A Venezuelan couple has been fined 8400 bolivars (R12 900) for getting a bit too frisky inside their car.

The case has rankled Venezuelans, inhabitants of one of the world's most crime-ridden countries, who grouse that the time and effort spent prosecuting the pair might have been put to better use catching thieves and robbers.

The case stems from a romantic interlude in November of last year, when the couple steamed up the windows of their Chevy Malibu at a park in northwestern Zulia state, authorities said.

According to a statement, the lovers were charged by observent police with engaging in “indecent acts.”

Municipal prosecutor Daniel Alvarado took the case to court.

The couple was ordered to pay 8400 bolivars, which is equivalent to about three months' pay for a minimum wage worker in Venezuela. -Sapa-AFP