IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
MAGISTRACY APPEAL NO. 983 OF 2007
(ON APPEAL FROM STCC 7045 OF 2007)
Before : Deputy High Court Judge Line in Court
Date of Hearing : 29 November 2007
Date of Judgment : 29 November 2007
J U D G M E N T
1. This is an appeal against a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment following a plea of guilty to one charge for possession of a forgedidentity card which was found upon the person of the appellant when she entered Hong Kong in a spot-check, she then admitting thatshe had acquired it in the Mainland in order to seek a job in Hong Kong. The sentence was in line with the guideline case of Li Chang Li.
2. The appellant repeats to me what she said to the magistrate – basically, that she suffers ill health herself and that her motheris ill; that she is a divorced woman and that she wants to have some Chinese medicine which is not available to her there. Thereis no life-threatening quality in the condition of the appellant or the appellant’s mother and the hardship she speaks of are thosethat commonly attend imprisonment in circumstances like this and they do not amount to exceptional humanitarian grounds and the sentenceof 12 months is the right sentence. The appeal is dismissed.
Ms Olivia Tsang, Senior Government Counsel (Acting), of the Department of Justice, for the Respondent
Appellant: Zheng, Yanyun (鄭燕雲), in person