Stealing OK’d by Italian Court in Cases of Hunger, Poverty

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An Italian court rules that no one should go hungry, even if it comes down to stealing.

The decision was announced May 2, and stemmed from a case concerning homeless man Roman Ostriakov.

In 2011, Ostriakov paid for breadsticks at a supermarket, but took two pieces of cheese and a packet of sausages as well.

In total, he stole under $5 worth of food, but was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a €100 fine.

Ostriakov's lawyers appealed, and the case eventually made its way to Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation which decided he could not be punished for stealing, "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment.

" The ruling doesn't create a new law or outright allow stealing in cases of hunger, but it does set a legal precedent for lawyers representing the hungry and poor to use.

For NewsBeat Social, I'm Christelle Koumoué.

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