IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
CRIMINAL CASE NO 466 OF 2011
||The Honourable Mrs Justice V Bokhary
||7 October 2013 at 9.45 am
||Mr James Chandler, counsel-on-fiat, instructed by the Department of Justice, for the HKSAR
||Mr Edward Laskey, instructed by Messrs Augustine C Y Tong (assigned by DLA), for the accused
||Trafficking in a dangerous drug (販運危險藥物)
Transcript of the Audio Recording
of the Sentence in the above Case
COURT: Sze Kin-wang, you stand convicted of one charge of trafficking in ketamine.
It is to your credit that you stand so convicted on your plea of guilty. Furthermore, you have also given evidence resulting in theconviction of two other persons in a conspiracy to traffic in dangerous drugs case.
I have considered everything said on your behalf and I shall be as lenient as I can commensurate with my duty. The quantity involvedis huge being 3,460 grammes of a powder containing 2,660 grammes of ketamine.
In all the circumstances and bearing in mind that this is a trafficking in a dangerous drug charge and not a conspiracy to trafficin a dangerous drug’s charge and being as lenient as I can, I adopt a starting point of 18 years’ imprisonment, which includesenhancement since the drugs have been brought into Hong Kong from across the border.
Having taken into account everything that has been urged on your behalf by your counsel, particularly your early plea of guilty andyour having given evidence on behalf of the prosecution in another case, I shall give you a 50 per cent discount.
I therefore sentence you to 9 years’ imprisonment.
Please refer to CACC369/2013 for the relevant appeal(s) to the Court of Appeal.