The justice ensuring body has come in defence of all those who steal under the motivation of an empty stomach, arguing it solves the essential need of nourishment.
In making this clearer, the Italian highest appeal court has recently overturned a six months sentence for a man who was convicted for stealing cheese and meat worth $4.50.
The man is said to be homeless and without any means of livelihood.
“Stealing a small amount of food if you are hungry, is not a crime,” clarified the court as quoted by www.democracynow.org.
The development has attracted a mixture of reactions from the public with a few reducing it to a simple laughing matter, while more and more defending and crashing it.
Most people believe this is going to escalate cases of theft. Lives of would be thieves are also being put in jeopardy as they will fall subject to mob justice once caught.
Making matters more dramatic, the lower judicial body which sentenced the homeless man, is also knowledgeable of the law. There is no evidence as to whether laws concerning theft in Italy have been amended or not.