A British man who was working as an English teacher has been sentenced to six months in a Vietnamese prison for the opportunist theft of an iPhone that he spotted on a seat in a massage parlour.
Adam Michael Nowicki, 36, was handed the sentence at a court in Ho Chi Minh City in southeast Vietnam after confessing to having stolen the phone.
Local media outlet VN Express report Nowicki had spotted the iPhone 11 on a chair in a massage parlour in the ‘District 1’ backpacker precinct of the city on 8th March.
He then swiped the phone which belonged to a female receptionist in the parlour, but she chased after him as he tried to run away.
VN Express report he ended up dropping the phone, priced at 28 million VND (962 GBP) in local shops, in the street.
He told the court he had been dealing with “mental issues” since age 18 in a call for mitigation.
The media outlet report that Nowicki, who works in an English centre in the city, has a criminal record for fraud in the UK.
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