Tsang Kam Cheong v R.

Court:Court of Appeal (Hong Kong)
Judgement Number:CACC623/1993
Judgment Date:02 Sep 1994
CACC000623/1993 TSANG KAM CHEONG v. R.

CACC000623/1993

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

1993, Nos.623 & 624
(Criminal)

H E A D N O T E

A plea of guilty to manslaughter on a count of murder should not be accepted where the agreed facts clearly indicate that the offence committed was murder, not manslaughter.

The circumstances of the crime were so grave that the maximum sentence of life imprisonment would have been justified after trial.

An overall sentence of 31 years' imprisonment was upheld for three separate incidents of (1) forcible detention of a person with intent to procure a ransom for her liberation, robbery, possession of an imitation firearm at the time of committing robbery, and two thefts, (2) aggravated burglary, manslaughter and wounding with intent, and (3) robbery.

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

1993, Nos.623 & 624
(Criminal)

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BETWEEN
THE QUEEN
AND
TSANG KAM CHEONG

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Coram: Hon. Macdougall, V.-P., Bokhary, J.A. and Wong, J.

Date of hearing: 2 September 1994

Date of judgment: 2 September 1994

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J U D G M E N T

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Macdougall, V.-P. (giving the judgment of the Court):

1. On 13th October 1993, the applicant pleaded guilty before Ryan, J. to one count of robbery, one count of possession of an imitation firearm at the time of committing robbery, two counts of theft and one count of forcible detention of a person with intent to procure a ransom for her liberation. By means of a series of consecutive, concurrent, and partly consecutive and partly concurrent sentences, the applicant was sentenced to an overall term of 15 years' imprisonment.

2. A week later, on 20th October, the applicant also pleaded guilty before Ryan, J. to one count of aggravated burglary, one count of manslaughter, one count of wounding with intent and one count of robbery. The judge sentenced the applicant to concurrent terms of seven, sixteen and ten years respectively for the first three of those offences and ordered that eight years thereof be served consecutively to the overall sentence of fifteen years' imprisonment passed on 13th October. He further sentenced the applicant to eight years' imprisonment on the 4th count and ordered that he serve that sentence consecutively to the concurrent sentences on the first three counts on that indictment. The overall sentence passed in respect of the counts in both indictment was one of 31 years' imprisonment. The applicant now seeks leave to appeal against those sentences.

3. The admitted facts relating to the offences for which he was sentenced on 13th October were that at about 8 p.m. on 12th November 1992, Miss Suen, a student at the Chinese University, was walking to her home in Shatin, after having alighted from a bus, when the applicant suddenly appeared and attacked her. After pushing her into a ditch by the roadside, he pressed her head down. When Miss Suen called out for help, the applicant struck her over the forehead with what was subsequently accepted to be an imitation pistol...

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