HKSAR v. KEITA MAMADY

HCCC161/2009

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO. 161 OF 2009

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HKSAR
v.
Keita Mamady

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Before: Hon McMahon J

Date: 10 July 2009 at 9.47 am

Present: Ms Rosaline Leung, SPP, of the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Ms Lynda M A Shine, instructed by Messrs Hoosenally & Neo, 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, a 37-year-old Guinean national, pleaded guilty to an offence of trafficking in 366.89 grammes of heroin beforea magistrate at Kowloon City Magistracy and was committed to this court for sentence, pursuant to the provisions of section 81B of the Magistrates Ordinance.

The facts of the case were quite straightforward. The defendant brought the drugs into Hong Kong on a flight from Thailand. They were concealed inside his body. He was later arrested at Chungking Mansions in Kowloon.

I take a starting point of sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment. The only mitigation of substance available to the defendantis his plea of guilty. His family circumstances are not such as to be taken into account so far as sentence is concerned.

On that basis, the starting point of sentence is reduced to a sentence of 9 years 4 months’ imprisonment.