IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
MAGISTRACY APPEAL NO. 835 OF 2005
(ON APPEAL FROM KCCC 4342/2005)
Before: Deputy High Court Judge E Toh in Court
Date of Hearing: 6 October 2005
Date of Judgment: 6 October 2005
J U D G M E N T
1. The Appellant was charged with managing a divan and he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment. He now appealsagainst that sentence.
2. The agreed facts show that the Appellant had admitted two undercover officers to the divan and 15 people were found in the premisesand subsequently a large quantity of heroin and related paraphernalia were found.
3. The quantity of heroin was large in that it was 20.81 grammes of mixture containing 14.06 grammes of heroin.
4. The Appellant, though only aged 41 already has 13 previous convictions of which three were drug related.
5. The divan that the Appellant was managing cannot be considered a small one.
6. The learned Magistrate very correctly determined that a deterrent sentence was necessary.
7. The Appellant had left Hong Kong when he was granted bail for this offence and he had been put on the wanted list and he was arrestedwhen he returned to Hong Kong at Lo Wu.
8. The Appellant on appeal had submitted that he left Hong Kong in 2002 when he was granted bail and went to China where he was subsequentlydetained and jailed in China. He shouldn’t have left Hong Kong in any event.
9. The Appellant appealed on the basis that he would like to look after his son and he therefore asked for a lighter sentence. Lookingat the sentence and the facts in this case, the sentence cannot, by any measure, be considered to be manifestly excessive or wrongin principle.
10. If he had not left Hong Kong and had served his sentence in 2002, he would have been out of jail by now.
11. I see no merit in this appeal and I have considered whether to increase the sentence but I would not do so this time.
Mr Frederick Chung, SCC of Department of Justice, for the Respondent
The Appellant, In person