Sentence appeal Importing cocaine
Sentence determined by trial court was within the established sentencing range for first offenders who smuggle in excess of 1 kilogram of cocaine.
The sentencing judge identified the correct sentencing principles, referred to the mitigating and aggravating factors and determined that 5 years and 3.9 months, less pre-sentence custody credited at 1.5:1, was the appropriate sentence. In particular, she referred to the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s decision in R. v. Cunningham (1996), 27 O.R. (3d) 786, at p. 790: