HKSAR v. NAGAKANNI GOPALAKRISHNAN

HCCC220/2012

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO. 220 OF 2012

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HKSAR
v
Nagakanni Gopalakrishnan
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Before: The Honourable Mrs Justice V Bokhary

Date: 7 August 2012 at 9.50 am

Present: Mr Vincent Wong, SPP of the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Ms Bina Sujanani, instructed by the Legal Aid Department, for the Accused

Offence: Trafficking in dangerous drugs (販運危險藥物)

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Transcript of the Audio Recording
of the Sentence in the above Case

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COURT: The accused, I have taken into account everything urged in mitigation on your behalf.

You stand convicted of one charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs. You have pleaded guilty at the Magistrates’ Court and you havebeen committed to the High Court for sentence today.

The quantity of drugs involved are 0.5 kilogramme of a mixture containing 0.23 kilogramme of heroin hydrochloride and 0.04 kilogrammeof 6-monoacetylmorphine hydrochloride.

For that quantity of drugs, I take a starting point of 13 years. These drugs were imported into Hong Kong, which calls for enhancement,and I enhance your sentence by 1 year, making a total of 14 years’ starting point.

Having taken into account everything urged in mitigation on your behalf, including your early plea of guilty and also your familycircumstances, I am prepared to give you a discount of slightly more than one-third, reducing the starting point to one of 9 years’imprisonment.

You will therefore go to prison for 9 years.