HKSAR v. ZENG CUIPING

HCMA 72/2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

MAGISTRACY APPEAL NO. 72 OF 2007

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  HKSAR  
  and  
  ZENG Cuiping  

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Before: Hon Wright, J., in Court

Date of Hearing: 14 February 2007

Date of Judgment: 14 February 2007

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JUDGMENT

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1. The appellant appeals concurrent sentences, on pleas of guilty, of 12 months imprisonment for using a false travel document contraryto s. 42(2)(b) of the Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, making a false representation to immigration assistant contrary to s. 42(1)(a) of the same Ordinance and possession of a false travel document contrary to s. 42(2)(c)(i) of the same Ordinance The first two offences arose when the appellant used a false two-way Chinese permit to enter Hong Kong on15 October 2006: the permit bore her photograph but the personal particulars of another. The third charge arose when she was stoppedon entry to Hong Kong on 2 December 2006 and the false travel document previously used was found in her possession. She admittedto the offences committed on the earlier occasion when questioned.

2. The appellant pleaded guilty to each of the charges. The magistrate took a starting point of 18 months imprisonment which he reducedby one third for the plea. The family misfortunes which the appellant relates today, if true, occurred before she came to Hong Kong.There were no further mitigating features personal to the appellant or the circumstances of the commission of the offence which justifya further reduction in sentence.

3. The sentence is in accordance with current sentencing practice in respect of the individual offences. However, the Magistrate wouldhave been justified in viewing the commission of the third offence as an aggravating feature and ordering that a portion of thatsentence be served consecutively to the sentences on the first two charges. He decided not to do so. I do not propose to interferewith the appellant’s good fortune.

4. The appeal is dismissed and the sentences are confirmed, as is the order that they all be served concurrently with one another.

  (A R WRIGHT)
Judge of the Court of First Instance
High Court

Ms Janice Kwan, Government Counsel of the Department of Justice, for the HKSAR

Appellant in person.