HKSAR v. WONG CHUI-PIK, VIVIAN

DCCC 829/2013

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

CRIMINAL CASE NO 829 OF 2013

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HKSAR
v
Wong Chui-pik, Vivian

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Before: HH Judge Browne

Date: 16 October 2013 at 2.42 pm

Present: Mr Gary Leung, PP of the Department of Justice, for HKSAR
Mr Tso Hei-sing, Peter, of Tso & Associates, assigned by the Director of Legal Aid, for the defendant

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

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Reasons for Sentence

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1. The defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in 6.13 grammes of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “Ice”.

2. At 5.10 pm on 8 July, officers conducted an anti‑narcotic operation at the vicinity of Block 6, Po Tin Estate, Tuen Mun. Thedefendant was spotted walking out of the main entrance of Block 6 towards a bus terminal in the Po Tin Estate in a furtive manner,and was intercepted by the police.

3. The drugs the subject of the charge were found wrapped in tissue paper in the left side of her bra. She immediately admitted undercaution that the drugs were “Ice” and that she had been asked by a man to bring the “Ice” to Tai Hing Estate in Tuen Munin return for a reward. She repeated this when she was interviewed, the interview being video-recorded, and said that she wouldreceive $300 for this transaction.

4. The street value of the drugs is $4,136.

5. The defendant has one previous court appearance in respect of three charges of handling stolen goods. She was sentenced to 18 months’imprisonment.

6. I am told that the defendant is now 35 years of age. She was born in Hong Kong and educated to Form 4 standard. At the time ofher arrest she was working as a waitress earning $9,000 per month. She lives with her mother and 12-year-old son in an estate inShatin. I am told that she lived with the father of her son for some time, but he left her shortly after the child was born andhas taken no responsibility for her son. Her son is now a Form 2 student.

7. She said that she committed the offence for financial reasons. A letter has been presented to the court written by the defendantin which she states that she now understands how serious is the offence she has committed, and asks the court to deal with her leniently.

8. The appropriate starting point, in my view, for trafficking in this quantity of drugs is 5 years’ imprisonment. The defendantis entitled to credit for her guilty plea, and that sentence will be reduced to a sentence of 40 months’ imprisonment.

(Browne)
District Judge