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Supreme Court softens sentences on “hungry criminal”

The Supreme Court of Iceland softened the sentence of a man this week that had been convicted of repeatedly dining at restaurants without paying his bill. The Supreme Court sentenced the so-called “hungry criminal” to six months in prison.

According to Bladid, the Reykjavík District Court had earlier ruled that the man should serve a prison sentence of 12 months.

The man, who is 40, was found guilty of having ordered and eaten meals at restaurants and leaving before paying his bill on 15 occasions. His unpaid bills total ISK 65,000 (USD 1,000, EUR 760).

The man had been convicted of similar charges on seven other occasions, for a total 34 counts.

Símon Sigvaldason, the District Court judge, commented during the case: “It is to assume the defendant is a repeated criminal in this sense and clear that he will continue committing crimes.”

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