HKSAR v. KWAN KA FUN

HCCC 180/2013

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO 180 OF 2013

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HKSAR
v
Kwan Ka-fun

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Before: Hon Tong J

Date: 5 March 2014 at 5.03 pm

Present: Mr Martyn Richmond, on fiat, for HKSAR
Ms Yip Shui-hung Liza, instructed by Wongs, assigned by DLA, 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 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.