IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF APPEAL
Coram: Hon. Power, V.-P., Mayo and Stuart-Moore, JJ.A.
Date of Hearing: 4 March 1998
Date of Judgment: 4 March 1998
J U D G M E N T
Power, V.-P. (giving the judgment of the Court):
1. On 11th August 1994, the applicant was found guilty after trial before Deputy Judge Cannon and a jury of one count of robbery andsentenced to imprisonment for 15 years. He appealed against that conviction and sentence. His appeal against conviction was heardon 19th May 1995 and was dismissed on that same date. He abandoned his application for leave to appeal against sentence.
2. On 14th December 1997, he made an application to appeal against sentence out of time. He submits in that application which is beforeus today that he has given substantial assistance to the authorities by giving information with regard to criminal activities onthe part of drug traffickers and others and, in one case, by giving evidence against the drug trafficker.
3. If such assistance has been given, it is, we are satisfied, a matter that must be dealt with by the Executive and not by this court.It would, in the circumstances, be quite wrong for us to allow him to withdraw his abandonment of his appeal. The matter is so stalethat we cannot properly resurrect it. His application is, therefore, refused. He can, as I have told him, make an application, inwhich he will be assisted by the Prison Welfare Officer, to the Executive for clemency in the light of any assistance which he hasgiven.
4. He has complained to us as to what, he suggests, is an improper assessment of sentence. We ask for a report from the Commissionerof Correctional Services in this regard and ask that it be furnished both to us and to the applicant. It will not be necessary forus to recall this matter unless something in that report causes us concern.
5. The application is refused.
Mr. John Reading (D.P.P.) for the Respondent.
Applicant in person.