Bizarre: court defends thief for stealing due to hunger

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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.

CourtIn 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.

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  1. Common sense, like the judgement. How can u imprison someone for hunger? Its high time courts give community work to light offenders instead of overcrowding them in pri sons becoz in the longrun it’s the govt that suffers by giving these prisoners their basic needs in prisons.Wot an expense, someone stealing a chicken n u give him or her 3 yrs? U give them food, shelter for free, who is loosing there, magistrates, judges aren’t u contributing Malawi’s poverty?

  2. This Judgement is controversial. It needs scrutiny with a sober mind. Am afraid it can create a precedence because hunger is there to stay especially with the issues of climate change and global warming.

  3. But food worth $4.5 mpaka 6 months? Even oberedwayo osangokhululuka? Act of mercy sometimes can achieve much more than punishment

  4. But food worth $4.5 mpaka 6 months? Even oberedwayo osangokhululuka? Act of mercy sometimes can achieve much more than punishment

  5. ambiri kumbali ya woberedwa osati mumene mukuzimvela kutsekemera mumapilikaniro anu mutakometsedwa ndi saundi ya wolakwa mumalo mokotsedwa ndifundo yoti avomera kapena aukana mlandu. NDIKAZAMVANSO KAGAMULIDWE KOPEREKA NYONGA KWA AKUBA UZAWONA. BASOPU UWELEZGESO! UKUMANYA YAYI KUTI UKUPANGA KUTI BAPOLISI BATINKHIKENGE NA BANTHU BANKHUNGU. BANYINU BASUZIKA KUKAKA MUNTHU WAKWANANGA IMWE MUKUMUMASULA. MUKAKOLE MWEKHA TIWONE! WAMUMUSWANI VING’UNU MBIII!!!

  6. No sense and stupid judge. this must b done by idiot embaciles only not a living person like u. Ifu r tired better resign your job other than dicieving or astraying Malawi. Did u go to xool or u just corrupt ur pappers?? Can u define 2 me the word “STEALLING”. Kodi katundu anali wake? Kodi mwikatundu anaziwitsidwa? Kodi mwini katundu anamuvomereza? Kodi mwini katundu zinamkondweretsa kapena zinawawa? An intelligent judge should go through all these questions b4 passig out judgement. Mziganizila kw

  7. No sense and stupid judge. this must b done by idiot embaciles only not a living person like u. Ifu r tired better resign your job other than dicieving or astraying Malawi. Did u go to xool or u just corrupt ur pappers?? Can u define 2 me the word “STEALLING”. Kodi katundu anali wake? Kodi mwikatundu anaziwitsidwa? Kodi mwini katundu anamuvomereza? Kodi mwini katundu zinamkondweretsa kapena zinawawa? An intelligent judge should go through all these questions b4 passig out judgement. Mziganizila kw

  8. Mmmmmh Kumeneko nde kuwatsekulira khomo akuba, they will keep on stealing in the name of “hunger” just organise asimple punishment 4 that matter.

  9. They are not theives, they were not only hunry but they were angry and sick; They needed food to heal from their stomach sickness. remember that; hungry People is an angry people.

  10. They are not theives, they were not only hunry but they were angry and sick; They needed food to heal from their stomach sickness. remember that; hungry People is an angry people.