IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
MAGISTRACY APPEAL NO. 165 OF 1998
(On appeal from TMC 253 of 1998)
Coram: The Honourable Mrs Justice V. Bokhary in Court
Date of Hearing: 26 March 1998
Date of Judgment: 26 March 1998
J U D G M E N T
1. This Appellant, a man in his late 20’s, appeared before S.J. Geiser, Esquire in the Magistrate’s Court sitting at Tuen Mun on the23rd January 1998 and pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of a forged Vietnamese refugee card and one charge of escaping fromdetention centre.
2. On the 27th January this year, he was sentenced by the Magistrate to a total of six months’ imprisonment for the two offences. Inhis Reasons for Sentence, the Magistrate said this:
3. The Appellant appeals against his sentences. In his Notice of his Appeal against Sentence, his general grounds of appeal are thatthe sentences were too severe.
4. In court, he urged me to reduce his sentences on humanitarian grounds saying that he has to return to Vietnam to look after his agedfather who is ill and also his two younger brothers. I am not persuaded of the genuineness of what he has told me about these matters.
5. In all the circumstances of this case, I consider that the Appellant has not been dealt with too severely at all; and I see no stronghumanitarian grounds for me to reduce the sentences.
6. The appeal is dismissed.
Mr Wesley W.C. Wong, Senior Government Counsel, for the Respondent.
Appellant, present in person.