AN unemployed waiter who started drug-trafficking to earn money to help his fiancee's cancer-stricken sister was yesterday sentenced to eight years in jail. The 11-year-old sister was forced to have one of her legs amputated because of cancer and attended court yesterday in a wheelchair to show support for Ku Chiu-ming, 24. But Mr Justice Wong said in the High Court there were no circumstances which would allow him to depart from the usual sentencing guidelines, which demanded a sentence of about 10 years. 'You were caught virtually red-handed,' the judge told Ku. 'These drugs bring untold misery to the end user and deterrent sentences have to be imposed,' he said, adding that he would include a 20 per cent reduction in sentence for Ku's guilty plea. Prosecutor John Reading told the court that on December 13 last year police saw Ku walking along a street in Yau Ma Tei holding a white carrier bag. They searched the bag and found two blocks of drugs later found to contain 136.5 grams of heroin. Using keys found on Ku, the police searched a Shanghai Street flat and found 626.58 grams of cannabis, 290 tablets of fluenitrazepam and 42 midazolam maleate tablets, both prescription drugs. They also seized drug-packaging materials including plastic bags, scales and a sealing machine. In mitigation, defence counsel John Marray said Ku came from a broken family. He said Ku was not a hard-drug user himself and had been moved by the hardship suffered by his fiancee's family, who were constantly taking the cancer-stricken daughter for treatment. 'He foolishly decided to help them and became involved with drug dealers,' Mr Marray said. Mr Justice Wong sentenced Ku to eight years for the trafficking offence and one month for the possession of the cannabis and tablets to run concurrently.