Date
27 March 2017
A Tuen Mun magistrates' court has spared a police officer from prison for drug possession after noting that his dimissal from the force is punishment enough. Photo: DBC.com
A Tuen Mun magistrates' court has spared a police officer from prison for drug possession after noting that his dimissal from the force is punishment enough. Photo: DBC.com

Narcotics inspector done in by drug habit

A highly decorated narcotics police inspector has been handed a two-year probation by a Hong Kong magistrates’ court after pleading guilty to a charge of drug possession.

Chia Wah, 38, was sentenced to two months in jail but magistrate Kelly Shui showed him mercy, saying losing his job is punishment enough.

Chia, a 21-year-old police veteran with more than 60 commendations, had admitted to taking cocaine from an informer.

He was stopped near his Tuen Mun home on Aug. 7 last year by policemen who found three packs of cocaine in his pocket.

Chia had just received the drug and was rushing home to hide it, the court heard.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer said Chia had sought relief from drugs due to family pressure.

He said his client is the sole breadwinner of the family which includes a wife and twin girls, a dementia-stricken father and an autistic brother.

Chia committed the crime out of “temporary ignorance” and is ready to live a new life in the construction business after being dismissed from the force, the court heard.

The magistrate told Chia to make a fresh start and get his life back on track.

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