IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
CRIMINAL CASE NO 572 OF 2013
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COURT: Defendant, you appreciate this is a very serious offence indeed. It involves the bringing into Hong Kong of 673.12 grammesof a very dangerous narcotic. However, there are some points in your favour.
First of all, that you were entirely cooperative upon arrest. You indicated a guilty plea before the magistrate, and I understandyour domestic circumstances back in Tanzania. None of these matters excuse you, but I do understand the problems that you face.
There is, an international aspect to this. The case of HKSAR v Abdallah Anwar Abbas CACC 304/2008 is authority for saying there should be an enhancement of at least two years for one kilogram of dangerous drugs. Inthis case, it is two-thirds of a kilogram, so the enhancement, which has been explained to you, I understand, by Miss Chong, willbe less than two years.
I take into account what you say in your letter. I do appreciate you taking the trouble to write to me.
I am going now to sentence you.
As I say, this is a serious offence that must reflected by a serious sentence. Given the quantity, I will take the lowest startingpoint I possibly can, and that will be 20 years and three months. There will be an enhancement, given the quantity involved, of 15months. That gives a starting point of 21 years and 6 months.
You have pleaded guilty – indeed you pleaded guilty at the very earliest possible opportunity so, therefore, you will have the fulldiscount of one-third, that means you will go to prison for 14 years and 4 months which, I believe, is 172 months.