HKSAR v. CALAUNAN CONCEPCION SALCEDO

HCCC279/2009

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO. 279 OF 2009

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HKSAR
v
Calaunan Concepcion Salcedo

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Before:

Hon Tong J

Date:

12 March 2010 at 5.23 pm

Present:

Mr Chiu Wai-tin, SPP of the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Mr Richard David Donald, instructed by LCP, assigned by the Director of Legal Aid, for the Accused

Offence:

Trafficking in a dangerous drug (販運危險藥物)

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Transcript of the Audio Recording
of the Sentence in the above Case

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COURT: The defendant is convicted of this very serious drug trafficking offence, and the amount of heroin involved was more than 600grammes.

Having considered the relevant authority of HKSAR v Abdallah, I will impose a term of 20 years.

There is, of course, an international element in this case, but the other relevant aggravating factors are not present. Hence, I shalladopt the sentence at the lower end.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty and is convicted after trial. I cannot give her the usual one-third discount, nor do I see anyeffective mitigating factors available to her.

In the circumstances, the sentence I impose shall be 20 years.

Application for leave to appeal against convcition was dismissed. See CACC109/2010 dated 13 December 2011