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Homesick man smashes 3 iPads in Apple store because he wanted to be deported

By Mason White 5:25 PM January 6, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on charges of criminal mischief after walking into an Apple store and smashing iPads with a brick, prosecutors in the Unite Kingdom said.

Bristol Police said that 26-year-old Hieu Trung Nguyen from Vietnam, smashed the iPads in order to be deported from the country.

Prosecutors told the Bristol Magistrate’s Court, that Nguyen walked into the Apple store holding a red brick and smashed three iPads.

A doctor claimed that Nguyen, who is homeless, had been hearing voices in his head before entering the store. Nguyen was sentenced to six months probation and was ordered to pay a 15 pound ($22) victim surcharge.

Nguyen was sent to the Refugee Action business centre on Felix Road, where workers will facilitate his return to Vietnam. Nguyen came into the country illegally by hiding in a large shipping container.

A spokesperson for the Apple store said that the screens of the 3 iPads were smashed by the brick.