Italy’s highest appeal court acquits man originally jailed for five months after legal wrangle that cost at least €7,000

An Italian man has finally been acquitted of stealing an aubergine nine years after first being charged, ending a legal wrangle that cost taxpayers thousands.

The man, then aged 49, had the aubergine in his bucket when police caught him trying to escape through a privately owned field near Lecce, in the southern region of Puglia, in 2009.

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