PEOPLE who committed crimes while hungry are to be released from prison.
The landmark ruling follows the acquittal of 28-year-old Julian Cook who burned down a neighbour’s house after only having an orange for breakfast.
A High Court spokesman said: “As the advertising industry is constantly telling us, you are not yourself when you are hungry.
“Couple this with misguided government campaigns telling people to lose weight by eating less and you really cannot blame people for doing serious crimes like arson and murder.”
58-year-old Norman Steele robbed a dozen banks over a six month period after he stopped having crisps as a snack.
He said: “After I gave up my mid-morning bag of ready salted Walkers I found I was tetchy and constantly plotting detailed robberies. On a full stomach I don’t even like guns but while peckish I tend to brandish them.
“And if I don’t get a full night’s sleep I will definitely do some credit card fraud the next day.”