IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
CRIMINAL CASE NO 180 OF 2013
||5 March 2014 at 5.03 pm
||Mr Martyn Richmond, on fiat, for HKSAR
||Ms Yip Shui-hung Liza, instructed by Wongs, assigned by DLA, for the accused
||Trafficking in a dangerous drug(販運危險藥物)
Transcript of the Audio Recording
of the Sentence in the above Case
COURT: The defendant was charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs. The amount was 147.94 grammes of ketamine. She pleaded not guilty.After trial, the jury found the defendant guilty by a ratio of six to one.
The defendant is a young woman of 24. She is a saleslady. She admitted to be a ketamine user but not for long.
I have considered the authority on sentence regarding this type of drug. This amount falls into the 6 to 9 years’ category. I wouldadopt 7 years as the starting point.
The defendant pleaded not guilty and showed no sense of remorse whatsoever. However, I am prepared to accept that a little part ofit could be for her own consumption. I shall therefore deduct 3 months from the 7 years. Other than that, I see no basis to furtherreduce the term. The sentence is 6 years 9 months.