HKSAR v. LAU CHUN SHING

CACC000351/1998

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF APPEAL

1998, No.351
(Criminal)

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BETWEEN
HKSAR
AND
LAU CHUN SHING

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Coram: Hon. Power, V.-P., Mayo and Stuart-Moore, JJ.A.

Date of Hearing: 22 September 1998

Date of Judgment: 22 September 1998

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J U D G M E N T

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Power, V.-P. (giving the judgment of the Court):

1. The applicant faced two counts of trafficking in a dangerous drug. In the first count, it was alleged that on 15th October, outsideNo.1 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, he trafficked in 53.78 grammes of a mixture containing 46.97grammes of heroin hydrochloride.In the second count, it was alleged that inside a room at Flat B, 2nd Floor, 4-10 Boundary Street, Mongkok, he trafficked in a muchlarger amount with a narcotic content of 439.57 of heroin hydrochloride. He pleaded to those charges before Wong J. and a jury andwas sentenced to imprisonment for 9 years. He now seeks leave to appeal against that sentence.

2. The arrest of the applicant resulted from a stop and search operation and he was then, having been arrested in a smaller quantityof drugs found on his person, taken to the residence mentioned in the second charge where the larger quantity of drugs were found.

3. The judge when sentencing pointed out what an appalling offence drug trafficking is and said, despite the fact that he was dealingwith a young man, he had to impose a long prison sentence. He mercifully, however, took youth into account when arriving at the sentencehe imposed. He took a starting point of 16 years which was in itself generous as a proper starting point would have been nearer to17 years, and he discounted that starting point to an overall sentence of 9 years. The applicant could well have been sentenced butfor the consideration given to his youth to imprisonment for 11 years.

4. There is absolutely no merit in this application. The applicant was leniently dealt with and the application is, therefore, dismissed.

(N.P. Power) (Simon Mayo) (M. Stuart-Moore)
Vice-President Justice of Appeal Justice of Appeal

Representation:

Mr. Francis Lo, S.A.D.P.P. (Ag.) (D.P.P.) for the Respondent.

Applicant in person.