HKSAR v. SIDIBE MOHAMED

HCCC157/2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CRIMINAL CASE NO. 157 OF 2010

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HKSAR
v
Sidibe Mohamed
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Before: Hon McMahon J

Date: 8 July 2010 at 9.55 am

Present: Mr Franco Kuan, PP of the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Mr Ching Wan-fung, assigned by the Legal Aid Department, for the Accused

Offence: Trafficking in a dangerous drug (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 defendant pleaded guilty in Eastern Magistracy to an offence of trafficking in 750.48 grammes of heroin and has been committedto this court for sentence.

The defendant, a 30-year-old citizen of the Republic of Guinea, arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on a flight from KualaLumpur on 18 January of this year.

He was selected for a search by Customs officers, and as a result was suspected of having concealed drugs in his body. He was takento Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and foreign objects were discovered inside his body cavity. Over the next four days the defendant discharged82 pellets containing the drugs.

I take a starting point of sentence of 20 years 6 months’ imprisonment. That is enhanced to 21 years 6 months’ imprisonment giventhe international dimension of the offence.

There is no substantive mitigation available to the defendant apart from his plea of guilty.

On that basis, his sentence is reduced to one of 14 years 4 months’ imprisonment.