HKSAR v. CHAN MEI KWAN

HCCC 553/2013

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO 553 OF 2013

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HKSAR
v
CHAN Mei-kwan
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Before: The Honourable Mrs Justice V Bokhary

Date: 9 May 2014 at 9.45 am

Present: Mr James Chandler, counsel-on-fiat, instructed by the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Ms Tsang Man-yi, instructed by Messrs Boase, Cohen & Collins (assigned by DLA), 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: Accused, I have taken into account everything said on your behalf.

You have pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court and you have been committed to this court for sentence. The dangerous drugs in whichyou unlawfully trafficked consist of 1.16 kilogrammes of a solid containing 0.63 kilogramme of ketamine.

For this quantity of ketamine and in all the circumstances, I consider the appropriate starting point to be 12 years’ imprisonment.

The mitigation available to you consists of your early plea tendered in the Magistrates Court and the help which you gave the police,which help includes the fact that you would have given evidence for the prosecution against the person arrested at the same timeas you and also charged with unlawful trafficking in these dangerous drugs. After it became known to him that you would be a prosecutionwitness against him, he, having previously indicated that he would plead not guilty, has in fact pleaded guilty instead.

I propose to give you a discount which would be the same as if you had given evidence for the prosecution. All things considered,I propose to give you a discount so as to reduce the starting point from 12 years’ imprisonment to one of 6½ years’ imprisonment.

You are therefore sentenced to 6½ years’ imprisonment.