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Lawyer: Man accused in Apple store rampage was trying to get deported

By Ben Hooper
Lawyer: Man accused in Apple store rampage was trying to get deported
A Vietnamese man who appeared in a British court for smashing iPads at an Apple store was trying to get deported, his lawyer said. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

BRISTOL, England, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Vietnamese man who used a brick to smash iPads inside a British Apple store was trying to get deported back to his home country, a court heard.

The court in Bristol, England, heard Hieu Trung Nguyen, 26, went to the Apple store Tuesday in Bristol and used a brick to smash three iPad2 tablet computers.

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Richard Nile, Nguyen's defense attorney, said his client had been suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts and hearing voices. He said the man had broken the iPads in an attempt to get arrested and deported back to Vietnam.

"He has had a lonely and sad existence. He is homesick. He wants to go back to Vietnam. He has been told that will swing into action in prison, if that's what he asks for. He has no status in this country. He came in a lorry, four-and-a-half years ago," Nile told the court.

Nguyen, who is homeless, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a $23 victim surcharge.

Magistrates referred Nguyen to a refugee action center for help coordinating his return to Vietnam.

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