NG CHI-KIN AND ANOTHER V.THE QUEEN

CACC000713/1977

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
on appeal from the High Court
1977 No. 713
(Criminal)

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BETWEEN
NG CHI-KIN 1st Appellant
SIU SUET-CHING 2nd Appellant
and
THE QUEEN Respondent

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Coram: Briggs, C.J., Huggins & Pickering, JJ.A.

Date of Judgment: 5th December, 1977.

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JUDGMENT

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Pickering, J.A.:

1. The appellants, husband and wife, were convicted of possession of dangerous drugs for the purpose of unlawful trafficking tnereinand also of possession of an acetylating substance and the first appellant was sentenced to concurrent terms of 10 years’ imprisonmentupon the two charges and his wife to concurrent terms of three years. The dangerous drugs involved consisted of 841.6 grammes ofa mixture containing 196 grammes of salts of esters of morphine, and 206.8 grammes of a mixture containing 165.8 grammes of estersof morphine and the acetylating substance was 4.9 litres of acetic anhydride.

2. We dismissed the appeals against conviction as also that of the second appellant against sentence. On the basis that the quantitiesof the offending substance involved were substantial but not very substantial we considered that the sentences of 10 years’ imprisonmentimposed upon the first appellant were somewhat excessive and we allowed his appeal against sentence substituting concurrent termsof eight years’ imprisonment.

Representation:

A. Sedgwick & Miss A. Mok (Raymond Tang & Co.) for appellants.

Miss Harriss for Crown/respondent.