CRIMINAL CASE NO. 14 OF 2012
COURT: The defendant has pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug involving 0.66 of a kilogramme of cocaineby pure narcotic
The facts of the case were that the defendant was stopped by the police upon entering Hong Kong through Lok Ma Chau. A package containingthe drug was found attached to his waist. Under caution, he stated that he was offered money to take the drug into Hong Kong by aman on the mainland.
The defendant is aged 37. He was born in Hong Kong and was educated up to form 3 level. He is married and was unemployed and livingwith his wife and son in Shenzhen at the time of the offence. He has one previous conviction for common assault and one more recentone for dealing with the proceeds of an indictable offence.
In mitigation, counsel said that the defendant committed the present offence because of financial pressure.
Given the quantity of the drug involved, the proper starting point should be one of 20 years. Because of the guilty plea, it shallbe reduced by one-third to 13 years and 4 months. But that is all the discount that the defendant is entitled to or deserves.
He will go to prison for 13 years 4 months.