IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
CRIMINAL CASE NO. 491OF 2012
Reasons for Sentence
Charge and facts
1. In the evening, whilst leaving a residential unit in Sham Shui Po, the defendant was intercepted by the police. In a drawer underneatha sofa inside the unit were found the following items:
2. After arrest and caution, he admitted that the cocaine belonged to him. The police estimated its street value as over $21,000.
Personal background and mitigation
3. The defendant is 36 years of age. His background report suffers a dearth of information from him. He had been a delivery workerfor several years in the past. He has 2 convictions for drug but none of trafficking. Whilst at large, after bail, for 2 yearsand 7 months, a stroke on 6 March 2012 had exposed him to arrest and reduced him to a left hemiplegic. Now a tripod has to aid hiswalk.
4. Traffickers shall face 5 – 8 years’ imprisonment for 10 – 50 grammes of cocaine (Attorney General v Rojas  1 HKC 342; R v Lau Tak Ming  2 HKLR 370).
Sentencing this defendant
5. I do not regard his absconding from bail or his current physical condition to have any bearing on the sentence today. He has noother mitigating factors but his plea of guilty. A starting point of 6 ½ years reduced by one-third ends up in 4 years and 4 months.