IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
CRIMINAL CASE NO. 208 OF 2010
REASONS FOR SENTENCE
1. The defendant pleads guilty to one charge of possession of 7.9 grammes of cannabis resin, contrary to section 8 of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, Chapter 134 (charge 15).
2. At 00.05 on the 31st October last year the police executed a search warrant at the home of the defendant. The cannabis subject ofcharge 15 was found from the defendant’s right front trouser pocket.
3. The defendant originally faced 12 charges as a result of which he was refused bail. The defendant remained in custody until thirteendays ago when the High Court granted unconditional bail.
4. Mr Kelly submits that a person with no previous convictions for narcotic offences could realistically expect to be dealt with forpossession of 7.9 grammes of cannabis by way of a fine in the absence of any aggravating features. I agree with Mr Kelly that currentsentencing practice in the Magistrates court indicates a financial penalty would be imposed. There are no aggravating features inthis case. In view of the quantity a relatively substantial fine would be imposed.
5. Taking into account the period of time the defendant has spent in custody and that due to his current financial position I willimpose only a nominal fine. The defendant is fined $500.
Application by D2 for leave to appeal against sentence to Court of Appeal dismissed. Please refer to CACC383/2010 dated 16 June 2011