IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
CRIMINAL CASE NO. 1236 OF 2009
Reasons for Sentence
1. Defendant, you have pleaded guilty to a single charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs, contrary to section 4(1)(a) and (3) of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, Chapter 134, Laws of Hong Kong.
2. The Summary of Facts which you have admitted quite simply indicate that you were stopped and searched on the evening of 11 Septemberby police who were conducting an anti‑dangerous-drugs operation in the area of Yin Chong Street, Mongkok. Inside your handbag,three packets of ketamine were found, and you told the police that you were only a courier and were delivering the ketamine to othersfor a reward of $200. These three packets were found to contain 54.29 grammes of a powder containing 8.45 grammes of ketamine.
3. You are still young, only 22 years of age and have a disappointing record which indicates that you have had problems with drugsfor the past five years or thereabouts. I have been told by counsel on your behalf that you committed this particular offence dueto financial pressure as your father died last year. But the only real mitigation is your plea of guilty, and I will give you fullcredit to reflect that.
4. The relevant sentencing guidelines for trafficking in ketamine can be found in Secretary for Justice v Hii Siew Cheng  HKCA 200. And for trafficking in between 1 and 10 grammes of ketamine, the starting point is 2 to 4 years’ imprisonment.
5. I take as my starting point a sentence of 3 years’ imprisonment. I will discount this by one-third to take account of your pleaof guilty, coming to a sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment.