IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
CRIMINAL CASE NO. 637 OF 2010
Reasons for Sentence
1. The Defendant has pleaded guilty to trafficking in a dangerous drug, namely, 20.06 grammes of a mixture containing 14.48 grammesof heroin hydrochloride.
2. The all too familiar facts show that the defendant was stopped on 2 April this year at 6 am, and on a search, inside his right pocketof his jacket was found a tissue containing a resealable plastic bag containing 102 small packets of substance. Under caution, thedefendant said that he was helping someone to deliver the white powder for a reward of $300. The substance was subsequently foundto be heroin hydrochloride with an estimated street value of about $13,380.
3. The defendant is aged 56 and has 40 previous convictions, 7 of which were for possession of dangerous drugs. He was last releasedin January this year, and three months later, he was arrested for this offence. The defendant is married and has a child of 4, andhis family is in China.
4. The only mitigating factor in this case is the fact that he has pleaded guilty. That is showing that he is remorseful. In his mitigationletter, he claims that he was used by friends. That is not entirely correct. The defendant committed this offence, knowing that hewas carrying dangerous drugs, and he being such an experienced person in a court of law would know that if arrested, he would beconvicted and sent to prison.
5. Now, the amount of drugs in this case, under the guidelines laid down in Lau Tak Ming in 1990, for trafficking of between 10 to 50 grammes of heroin hydrochloride would merit a sentence of between 5 to 8 years’ imprisonment.
6. In this case, the defendant was trafficking in 14.48 grammes. I consider that the appropriate starting point would be one of 63months, reducing it by one-third because of the defendant’s plea, he is therefore sentenced to 42 months’ imprisonment.