Court rules against food theft conviction of starving man

Court rules against food theft conviction of starving manA court in Italy has overturned a theft conviction against a homeless starving man, who is accused of stealing food from a super market.

The country's top appeals court, Supreme Court of Cassation on Monday overturned the conviction of Roman Ostriakov, who is a homeless man on Ukrainian dissent. The man is accused of stealing $4.50 worth of cheese and hot dogs from an Italian supermarket because he was starving from hunger. The court ruled that the man was looking for something to eat at the store in Genoa and thus it is not a crime. The court noted that food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment" and thus it iosnot a crime.

The court said in a statement that, "The condition of the defendant and the circumstances in which the seizure of merchandise took place prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of an immediate and essential need for nourishment, acting therefore in a state of necessity."

The man was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to six months in jail and a $115 fine was imposed on him beforethe conviction was overturned.