CHEUNG NANG v. THE QUEEN

CACC000323/1971

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF HONG KONG

(APPELLATE JURISDICTION)

CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 323 OF 1971

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BETWEEN
CHEUNG NANG Appellant
and
THE QUEEN Respondent

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Coram: Huggins, J.

Date of Judgment: 30th June, 1971.

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JUDGMENT

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1. The Appellant was sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment for theft and appeals against that sentence.

2. He stole a piece of cloth from a parked motor car. As happens too often the car was not locked, but that does not excuse the Appellantbecause this was not a sudden temptation to a man with an otherwise clear record. He has been before the court on twenty-four previousoccasions and about half of those occasions were for offences of dishonesty. He rightly points out that on many of these occasionshe was sentenced to short terms of imprisonment and he feels hurt that, for what he says is a comparatively trivial offence, he hasnow been sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment. It is obvious that he has not learned his lesson from the previous leniency shown tohim. Nine months’ imprisonment was a proper sentence for this offence and the appeal is dismissed.

30th June, 1971.

Representation: